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Mangano Announces Successful Year in Rooting Out Welfare Waste, Fraud and Abuse - Over $15.5 Million in Social Services Savings Since January 2013

Nassau County Executive Edward P. Mangano announced today that 2013 has been another highly successful year for the Department of Social Services Office of Investigations, in continuing to crack down on those individuals attempting to defraud Nassau County taxpayers.

Mangano Seeks to Expand Efforts in Rooting Out Medicaid Waste, Fraud and Abuse - Achieving $51 Million in Cost Avoidance to Date Compels County Executive Mangano to Seek Approval of Wider Opportunities for Investigation

While the New York State Office of the Medicaid Inspector General (OMIG) currently limits the types of Medicaid investigations permitted by the county to medical transportation, pharmacy and durable medical equipment only, Nassau County Executive Edward P. Mangano has asked the New York State Medicaid Inspector General for expansion of the county’s investigation functions to include reviews of nursing homes, assisted living and other long-term care facilities. County Executive Mangano anticipates that as the population throughout Nassau County continues to age, more people will be in need of long term care, thereby increasing the possibility for abuse of taxpayer funds.

Mangano Uncovers $362,000 in Welfare Fraud, Waste and Abuse - $3.4 Million in Criminal Fraud Detected and 98 Cases Referred to District Attorney for Prosecution Since 2011

Nassau County Executive Edward P. Mangano announced today that the Nassau County Department of Social Services Office of Investigations continues to find individuals attempting to defraud Nassau County taxpayers, most recently discovering elaborate schemes to cheat the system out of $362,000. $1.25 Million in criminal welfare fraud has been uncovered in 2013, and $3.4 million since 2011. In addition, the overall cost avoidance total since 2011 for all public welfare fraud investigations has now reached $51 million.