17 Arrested for Stealing $500K From State Welfare Programs

Friday, May 20, 2011  |  Updated 8:47 AM EDT
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The 17 fraudsters are accused of stealing more than $540,000 from state programs intended to help the poor.

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Seventeen people have been arrested for stealing more than $540,000 from programs that benefit the poor in New York.      

Manhattan prosecutors announced Thursday that 10 people were arrested for stealing unemployment benefits from the state Department of Labor, reports the Daily News.

Another six were charged with illegally obtaining housing vouchers from the city Department of Housing Preservation and Development.     

Another person who served as president of the tenants association was arrested for embezzling almost $100,000 from a Manhattan low-income housing development.
 

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