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Erie County leads New York State in getting restitution for unemployment insurance fraud

The Erie County District Attorney's Office last year collected more restitution from unemployment insurance fraud cases than any other district attorney's office in the state, District Attorney John J. Flynn announced Tuesday.

Unemployment fraud is the most prevalent crime against state revenue, Flynn said.

"When you cheat the state, you cheat every law-abiding taxpayer in New York,” Flynn said.

Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo announced the Erie County District Attorney’s Office’s Special Investigations and Prosecutions Bureau returned $477,162 in restitution from welfare fraud cases in 2017. The state recovered a total of $4.5 million from across the state.

In 2016, the Erie County bureau recovered $363,195 in illegally obtained unemployment money.

The New York State Department of Labor’s Office of Special Investigations monitors and investigates reports of fraud. Once suspected fraud is detected, the cases are turned over to local authorities.

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