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Woman Charged in $18,000 Welfare Fraud

D.A.: Medicaid, food stamp applications falsified.

A woman who falsely reported that she was unemployed has been charged with grand larceny for illegally obtaining public assistance benefits totalling more than $18,000, according to Rockland County District Attorney Thomas Zugibe.

Tanya Lindsey, 40, of 55 Ewing Ave., Spring Valley, is accused of falsifying applications submitted to the Rockland County Department of Social Services to obtain welfare benefits including food stamps and Medicaid. Zugibe said a probe by the Rockland County Special Investigations Unit and Social Services found that although Lindsey reported she was unemployed she actually held jobs in Orangeburg and New York City.

She is accused of fraudulently obtaining the benefits from September 2009 to May 2001. Lindsey was arrested and arraigned in Ramapo Town Court and released pending a Feb. 5 hearing.

Officials said Lindsey has previously been convicted on charges of petty larceny and issuing bad checks. Also, she faces a warrant in connection with a criminal cae in the Town of Clarkstown for which she is on probation.

Reality January 10, 2013 at 11:13 AM
This is the true drain on our economy. She better be prosecuted so that others who think can swindle the tax payers might be deterred. Also anyone found guilty of any fraud should never be entitled to these benefits again!
Smitty Chesterfield January 10, 2013 at 03:58 PM
they need to investigate all of the fraud in new square and monsey
Mairebee January 10, 2013 at 10:08 PM
Multiply this one fraud by the other thousands that exist, and we could reduce our deficit by millions!
Michael Grella January 11, 2013 at 12:06 AM
I agree with your statement there needs to be a huge investigation in both places. But then again all officials around here turn a blind eye for there support , just driving around the area yourself you can spot housing fraud.
NoName January 11, 2013 at 12:11 AM
I agree Smitty. I wonder how aggressive the county and state are pursuing welfare fraud in New Square, Kyras Joel, and Ramapo? i am sure unless it is blatant, it is ignored.
Rob January 11, 2013 at 05:57 AM
She should be punished..However, this is small potatoes. We need to go after the bigger fish. The Government will give this women hell but will turn a blind eye to John Q Executive on wall street. At least she did not steal 500 K -750K from a non-profit.
Tony T January 14, 2013 at 12:44 PM
They never go that way.....too large of a voting block!
Tony T January 14, 2013 at 12:46 PM
Rob, a non profit is not the gov't so they are not stealing from me and you they have other avenues at there disposal to get the money back.
Rob T April 02, 2013 at 01:48 PM
Even when it is blatant, it is still ignored... can't mess with the voting block.

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