Comptroller: Inmates In NY Jails Received Benefits

Oct 7, 2013

Credit Karen DeWitt

An audit by New York State Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli has found that hundreds of inmates in upstate county jails received more than $500,000 dollars in improper benefits.

DiNapoli's auditors found 351 inmates in Chemung, Onondaga, Orange, Schenectady and Warren counties received state unemployment insurance benefits of nearly $325,000.

The audit also found improper payments of more than $236,000 from various social welfare programs. For instance, auditors found 313 inmates at jails in Chemung, Onondaga, Orange and Schenectady counties received Safety Net Assistance benefits. Seventy-five inmates received inappropriate Medicaid benefits.

DiNapoli's office says the welfare benefits were paid out due to deficiencies in monitoring the eligibility of jail inmates. Auditors blamed a combination of potential fraud and delays in providing the state with information for the improper unemployment insurance benefits.

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