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13 Arrested In Record Welfare Fraud Sweep — Guess What Color Were They?


13 Arrested In Record Welfare Fraud Sweep — Guess What Color Were They?
Most recipients of welfare are WHITE! And so are most welfare fraudsters.

AFRICANGLOBE – Thirteen people were recently arrested for defrauding the Department of Social Services out of more than $104,000, which is considered the largest welfare fraud sweep in the county’s history. All of those arrested were reportedly white and not a single Black person was involved.

“Here in St. Lawrence County, our welfare benefits provide vital support to genuinely needy families at great cost to honest hard working taxpayers. Those individuals who gain benefits through deception are stealing medicine, groceries, and other necessary provisions from innocent children, vulnerable seniors, working citizens, and others in need,” District Attorney Gary Pasqua said in a statement.

Layleen Polanco, a 27-year old transgender woman, was found dead in her cell on Rikers Island in New York a week before she was due to be released. If she could afford to pay $500 in bail, she would have been released sooner. Polanco was pronounced dead an hour after she was found unresponsive in her cell. She is known to have an illness that causes sudden seizures, but it is not yet determined if that or what other factor is the cause of her death. No signs of violence or foul play were found, according to The New York City Department of Corrections and added that an investigation is currently ongoing. Polanco, who was arrested in April for allegedly attacking a cab driver and possessing a controlled substance, was about to be released the next week after she died. Polanco’s sister, Melania Cubilette, said their family was not given enough information about her sister’s death. “As we gather to mourn this tremendous loss, we are left shocked and outraged by the stony silence from the Department of Correction, Mayor’s Office, NYPD, and City government,” the family said in a statement. “The family demands answers and we are entitled to them. The City failed to protect Layleen, and now it is trying to sweep her death under the rug. We will not allow it.” Meanwhile, several activists are calling on state officials to shut down Rikers Island. A rally was held last Monday to demand justice for Polanco. “This tragic loss of yet another member of the trans community comes just days after the start of Pride season,” organizers of the rally wrote. “There is no pride to be had while trans folks continue to face an epidemic of fatal violence.” Polanco, also known as Layleen Xtravaganza, is a member of the House of Xtravaganza, one of the most prominent underground ballroom houses in New York. She is the 10th Black transwoman who was found dead this year. Moreover, a GoFundMe page has beenThirteen people, with ages ranging from 25 to 51, are facing charges of welfare fraud after failing to accurately report income information. Some were also charged with offering a false instrument for filing. They reportedly received Public Assistance Benefits ranging from more than $1,300 to $31,000.

Four other arrests are pending.

The investigation on the case was conducted by the St. Lawrence County Social Services Fraud Unit, the District Attorney Fraud Investigator, and the St. Lawrence County District Attorney’s Office, with assistance from the St. Lawrence County Sheriff’s Department, the Ogdensburg Police Department, the Massena Police Department, the Gouverneur Police Department, and other agencies.

Sherriff Kevin Wells stated that he “is proud of the professionalism and participation of the Sheriff’s Department in carrying out this operation, which is critical to deterring abuse of the taxpayers and ensuring that these critical resources go to those in need.”

The DA is encouraging those who knew incidents of fraud to report it to http://www.otda.ny.gov/resources/welfarefraud/

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