The Erie County Legislature unanimously accepted state funds to increase the county’s ability to fight child care fraud at its March 29 session.
“We accepted $94,051 in New York State Office of Children and Family Services funds to help reduce child care subsidy fraud. The Erie County Department of Social Services (DSS) position and professional services needed to fight this child care subsidy fraud will be fully funded for a year from the grant, at no cost to the county,” Legislator Timothy R. Hogues (D-Buffalo), chair of the Public Safety Committee, said. “Along with preventing child care subsidy fraud, we want to be able to help those who make honest mistakes and miscalculations, as well as clerical errors, and be able to train the affected people to submit the proper paperwork and receive their proper child care subsidies.”
The grant will allow the DSS to create a special investigator position and to contract for data development, prevention materials development and community facilitation covering the year April 1, 2012-March 31, 2013.