62 arrested, 26 others wanted in welfare fraud probe

62 arrested, 26 others wanted in welfare fraud probe


EYEWITNESS NEWS. (HE) TONIGHT — DOZENS OF PEOPLE ARE UNDER ARREST, AND DOZENS MORE ARE STILL AT LARGE — FOLLOWING A STATE POLICE CRACKDOWN ON PUBLIC ASSISTANCE FRAUD. STATE POLICE ANNOUNCED THE ARREST OF MORE THAN SIXTY SUSPECTS THIS MORNING. EYEWITNESS NEWS REPORTER STEVE NIELSEN JOINS US LIVE IN STUDIO TO EXPLAIN THE CHARGES. POLICE SAY THEY FAILED TO ADMIT THEY HAVE A WARRANT OUT FOR THEIR ARREST. THAT MEANS THEY NEVER SHOULD HAVE RECIEVED PUBLIC ASSISTANCE FROM TAXPAYERS. THE THIRD ROUND UP IS COMPLETE… RHODE ISLAND STATE POLCIE ANNOUNCING THEY’VE ARRESTED 62 PEOPLE…. AND ARE LOOKING TO ARREST 26 MORE FOR FRAUD. MAJOR TIMOTHY SANZI SAYS ALL OF THESE PEOPLE APPLIED FOR PUBLIC ASSISSTANCE.. LIKE FOOD STAMPS… USED THE BENEFIT… BUT NEVER DISCOLSED THEY HAD OUTSTANDING FELONY WARRANTS. its fraud and youre depriving people that can get this benefit. THE WARRANTS ARE FOR A LONG LIST OF DIFFERENT CRIMES… attempted murder to first degree robberry to narctics violations and felony shoplifting. SOME OF THE NAMES ARE FAMILIAR…. LIKE PHYLLIS COATES. WE REPORTED ON HER ARRAIGNMENT IN 2017 WHEN POLICE SAID SHE WAS DRIVING DRUNK WITH FOUR YOUNG CHILDREN IN THE CAR. “She said she was going to put a hit out on both troopers” BACK AT STATE POLICE HEADQUARTERS… OFFICIALS SAY IN THE LAST YEAR… THERE’S BEEN THREE ROUND UPS OF MORE THAN 100 PEOPLE TOTALLING AROUND 469 THOUSAND DOLLARS FRAUDLENTLY TAKEN FROM THE STATE. A SPOKESPERSON WITH THE OFFICE OF INTERNAL AUDIT SAYS THEY USED FEDERAL DATABASES AND COMPARED IT TO UHIP’S DATABASE. UHIP – LAUNCHED IN 2016 – IS A COMPUTER SYSTEM THAT IS MEANT TO STREAMLINE STATE BENEFITS. IT WAS PITCHED AS A WAY TO CATCH FRAUD. i wouldnt say its prevelant. i would say with any benfit program or any opportunity.. if youre goign to lie youre goign to lie. right now we can find you we have the ability to find you and we will prosecute you and thats the message today. (SN) THE CHIEF OF THE OFFICE OF INTERNAL AUDIT SAID EVERYONE ARRESTED WILL BE ORDERED TO PAY BACK EVERY BENEFIT THEY RECIEVED. ONE OF THE 26 POLICE ARE STILL SEARCHING FOR… IS HENRY PERALTA. HIS WARRANT IS FOR ATTEMPTED MURDER. IM STEVE NIELSEN

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