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Commissioner Proud Addresses Fraud Investigators Group

Nearly 500 Investigators Trained by OTDA since September

October 23, 2014 - OTDA Commissioner Kristin M. Proud gave the opening remarks at the New York Welfare Fraud Investigators (NYWFIA) Regional Training seminar at the Albany Marriott, on October 22. NYWFIA works collaboratively with OTDA and the Office of Children and Family Services (OCFS) throughout the year to provide training and support for local social services district fraud investigators.

Commissioner Proud highlighted the important work and impressive results produced by the investigators in the last year. She emphasized the importance that Governor Cuomo’s administration places on maintaining the integrity of our public assistance programs. Commissioner Proud also thanked the investigators for ensuring that public assistance benefits remain available to those citizens in need – and that public support of these programs continues.

More than 100 investigators attended the training session, which included presentations on Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), Public Assistance, and Child Care program integrity. Investigators also were trained on detecting the signs and symptoms of heroin addiction.

The training session was one of five such sessions that have been held by OTDA across the state since September, and have been attended by a total of nearly 500 investigators.

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