County wins funds to fight evasion, fraud

ALBANY – Chautauqua County is getting some added assistance from the state in tracking down tax evasion and welfare fraud.

State Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo announced that New York state will expand its Crimes Against Revenue Program, providing an additional $860,700 to 12 county district attorneys’ offices to enhance their investigation and prosecution of State tax evasion and welfare fraud cases. Six district attorneys’ offices will receive grants for the first time while six others currently receiving grants will receive additional funding.

Chautauqua County is a first-time recipient and will receive $100,000.

“It is unacceptable for taxpayers to be robbed of revenue by those who misuse our tax and public benefits system,” Governor Cuomo said. “These grants are a proven technique to obtain the revenues that the state is entitled to, while also holding those who deliberately fail to pay their state tax obligations or commit benefit fraud accountable. I’m pleased to expand the Program so that more district attorneys’ offices can have resources to help in this fight.”

The Crimes Against Revenue Program is a self-sustaining program that is funded by the proceeds from investigations that result in tax revenues, fines and restitution being returned to the State. Approximately $160 million has been returned to the State since the program began 10 years ago a 74 percent increase over the $90 million in grants provided to district attorneys’ offices.