Erie County helps state recoup $150K in benefits

Posted at 2:39 PM, Mar 28, 2016
and last updated 2016-03-28 14:42:02-04

The state has recouped $1.35 million in fraudulently paid benefits in the first quarter of 2016 and Erie County has led the charge.

In the first three months, Erie County has paid $153,000 back to the Unemployment Insurance Trust Fund after finding people were getting benefits they were not eligible for. That's $40,000 more than the next closest county, which was Queens with $113,000.

The Erie County District Attorney's Office investigates and prosecutes fraud cases.

The amount collected statewide in the first quarter of 2016 is a record and puts the state on pace to surpass last year’s record amount of money recouped, which was over $3.7 million from 568 cases statewide.

Employers across the state have to contribute to Unemployment Insurance Trust Fund. When it pays out because of a fraudulent claim, employers have to pay more.

If you have any information about possible unemployment insurance fraud call 888-598-2077.