Broome County works to make welfare fair

By Brandi Bailey

February 20, 2013 Updated Feb 21, 2013 at 1:55 AM EST

Binghamton, NY (WBNG Binghamton) Broome County Executive Debbie Preston has joined Broome Security and the Department of Social Services to discuss the county's progress in welfare fraud.

Preston announced $6.2 million in fraudulent welfare claim in 2012 in Broome County. That means taxpayers won't be footing that bill. The $6.2 million breaks down to $3.1 million in benefit fraud, where people falsely applied for public assistance. The second $3.1 million was uncovered through investigations done by Broome Security.

Nearly 7,000 cases were investigated in Broome County last year. Of those reported, nearly 3,000 were positive.

"If they think they can go to Syracuse or something like that then it's not going to work because it's in the system," Preston said.

Preston says she hopes Broome County will become the best in the state when it comes to fighting welfare fraud.