County Executive Mike Hein Announces Welfare Fraud Arrest

Posted February 20, 2018

Ulster County Continues To Be Vigilant In Its Efforts To Stop Welfare Fraud 

Kingston, N.Y. – Ulster County Executive Mike Hein announces that an arrest was made under the County’s “Zero Tolerance” Anti-Fraud, Waste and Abuse Program.  

“It is critical that Welfare benefits are available to those individuals who truly need assistance,” said County Executive Hein.  “Ulster County’s `Zero Tolerance´ Program continues to yield results due to the diligent work of our Department of Social Services Special Investigation Unit and the Offices of District Attorney Holley Carnright and Ulster County Sheriff Paul Van Blarcum.  They are helping make sure that people who steal from the system are brought to justice, protecting Ulster County taxpayers as well as the limited pool of resources available to help those in need.”

Tyrone Curry of Kingston, New York, was arrested on February 15, 2018, by the Ulster County Sheriff's Department and charged with Welfare Fraud in the Fifth Degree  and Offering a False Instrument for Filing in the Second Degree.  An investigation by the Ulster County Department of Social Services Special Investigation Unit, in conjunction with the office of the Ulster County District Attorney determined that Mr. Curry submitted misleading information on the application provided to the Department of Social Services and received $948.00 in Temporary Assistance benefits to which he was not entitled. Mr. Curry was processed and released to reappear in Ulster Town Court at a future date.  

All reports of suspected fraud will be investigated.  To contact Ulster County’s dedicated Welfare anti-fraud and abuse hotline, please call 1-855-SIU-TIPS or 1-855-748-8477.