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Orange County, NY - Medicaid Worker Files Suit Claiming She Was Disciplined For Reporting Rampant Welfare Fraud In Kiryas Joel

Published on: September 24, 2015 10:09 AM
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Nicole Latreille with her lawet Michael Sussman speaking to News 12Nicole Latreille with her lawet Michael Sussman speaking to News 12

Orange County, NY - An Orange County Medicaid worker has filed suit claiming she was demoted and transferred after she uncovered some $40M in welfare fraud on behalf of the residents of Kiryas Joel and reported it to her bosses.

HUDSONVALLEY.NEWS12.com (http://bit.ly/1R2BOX4) reports that Nicole Latreille says she discovered evidence of welfare fraud last year right around the time when records first began surfacing showing that a disproportionate amount of KJ residents were receiving social services.

Latreille said she subsequently forwarded the evidence to her supervisor who, in turn, passed in along to the FBI.

Shortly thereafter, Latreille claims she was demoted and then transferred.

A source for the county rejected Latreille’s claim, saying that the action taken against her stemmed not from her findings, but due to prejudicial comments she made with regard to the investigation.

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Latreille’s attorney, Michael Sussman, dismissed that account, saying, “She was simply following the evidence that was available, and quite frankly she should’ve gotten an award rather than be disciplined.”

A subsequent county source would say only that Latreille’s lawsuit is “baseless.”


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 Sep 24, 2015 at 10:25 AM The Professor Says:

Whether her claim has merit or not is not relevant to me. What is so proudly disturbing is the evidence that she uncovered. What a terrible Chilul Ha-Shem!
Why are so many of our co-religionists continue to rationalize that illegal behavior by certain members of minority groups gives them permission to do the same? A shandeh!

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 Sep 24, 2015 at 10:32 AM davep Says:

If true, and I pray it's not, then this is a massive chillul hashem, and there have been too many chillul hashems in recent years with frum Jews defrauding the government which is assur l'halacha too. I hope its not true, I really do. This is why we frum people need to make sure were are even more careful with money than anyone else

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 Sep 24, 2015 at 10:48 AM yaakov doe Says:

Frum Yiddin committing welfare fraud? It can't be true.

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 Sep 24, 2015 at 11:08 AM Kj boy Says:

The fraud part is not a new story it was reported a couple of months ago. It was a major big bust of 30 or more people most were not Jewish. And the Jews of course are innocent!

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 Sep 24, 2015 at 11:22 AM Anonymous Says:

It's amazing how a day after Yom Kippur so many people rush to judge. Who says that these people aren't eligible for Medicaid or child health plus??? If you look at Medicaid guidelines in NY for a family of 9 (two adults 7 children) - which is the average KJ family you can earn up to 96,420 a year and be legally eligible for some sort of government assistance. So how many people in KJ earn more then that???? Very few! So do your research before jumping to comment against your fellow brethren!

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 Sep 24, 2015 at 11:22 AM ActualJew Says:

Reply to #4  
Kj boy Says:

The fraud part is not a new story it was reported a couple of months ago. It was a major big bust of 30 or more people most were not Jewish. And the Jews of course are innocent!

This is sarcasm, right? Because there are so many non Jews in KJ.
I am soon shocked by this news....tragically, not.

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 Sep 24, 2015 at 11:24 AM LiberalismIsADisease Says:

Reply to #1  
The Professor Says:

Whether her claim has merit or not is not relevant to me. What is so proudly disturbing is the evidence that she uncovered. What a terrible Chilul Ha-Shem!
Why are so many of our co-religionists continue to rationalize that illegal behavior by certain members of minority groups gives them permission to do the same? A shandeh!

I'm confused, you say "Whether her claim has merit or not is not relevant to me," but then your comment goes on as if it DOES have merit and it IS relevant to you.

If her claim has no merit, his evidence would be bogus, which it might be! You are just as guilty as she is!

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 Sep 24, 2015 at 11:25 AM Anonymous Says:

Oh and a family of 9 can earn up to 57,408 and be eligible for Food Stemps. Not many frum people in KJ earn that kind of money

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 Sep 24, 2015 at 12:13 PM ShmutzVesh Says:

She's a bigot and and anti semite. She should be happy she wasnt fired. She should go after her own people in the projects. She will find alot more of what she is looking for.

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 Sep 24, 2015 at 01:25 PM Anonymous Says:

Reply to #10  
ShmutzVesh Says:

She's a bigot and and anti semite. She should be happy she wasnt fired. She should go after her own people in the projects. She will find alot more of what she is looking for.

Without saying anything hurtful ,or nasty ,please refer to comment # 9 .

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 Sep 24, 2015 at 01:44 PM Nycnyc Says:

There are very large families in religious communities, some as many as 18 children. Families that large are entitled to legal government support. In fact unless you are super wealthy it does not pay to work if you have between 15 and 21 children. Yes there are frum families with 21 children and non are twins or children of second marriage. I know some here in Brooklyn. As far as families traveling to simchas, many people help them with tickets. I myself gave some of my extra points to one such family who needed to travel. There is nothing illegal about helping large frum families. We need more frum Jews in order to save society from the secular reform liberals who are destroying America and israel.

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 Sep 24, 2015 at 01:44 PM wmywoorde Says:

you have to understand everything cost so much, the rabbis are not helping out, and they are having nice cars nice houses in a few places around the world, and they are teaching us what to do, not to work, and to stealing money from each other, "what can we the people do"

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 Sep 24, 2015 at 02:25 PM Anonymous Says:

Reply to #8  
Anonymous Says:

Oh and a family of 9 can earn up to 57,408 and be eligible for Food Stemps. Not many frum people in KJ earn that kind of money

What are food "stemps"? You must be from KJ and went to school there.

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 Sep 24, 2015 at 02:27 PM Anonymous Says:

Reply to #12  
Nycnyc Says:

There are very large families in religious communities, some as many as 18 children. Families that large are entitled to legal government support. In fact unless you are super wealthy it does not pay to work if you have between 15 and 21 children. Yes there are frum families with 21 children and non are twins or children of second marriage. I know some here in Brooklyn. As far as families traveling to simchas, many people help them with tickets. I myself gave some of my extra points to one such family who needed to travel. There is nothing illegal about helping large frum families. We need more frum Jews in order to save society from the secular reform liberals who are destroying America and israel.

"Yes there are frum families with 21 children and non are twins or children of second marriage."

It's impossible to raise 21 children properly giving each one enough attention!!! The rest of society has to pay for these large families.

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 Sep 24, 2015 at 02:29 PM wmywoorde Says:

Reply to #8  
Anonymous Says:

Oh and a family of 9 can earn up to 57,408 and be eligible for Food Stemps. Not many frum people in KJ earn that kind of money

can you imagine Kiryas Joel school district gathered last year from the people these school tax $22,633,965 now remember nobody is using the school district its only for 200 unfortunate disabled kids so if they're stealing so much money from us what can we do people do

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 Sep 24, 2015 at 02:31 PM MyThreeCents Says:

I don't know how one can misreport income. I make barely enough to live on and can't even get free health insurance or food stamps.

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 Sep 24, 2015 at 02:32 PM Anonymous Says:

Reply to #10  
ShmutzVesh Says:

She's a bigot and and anti semite. She should be happy she wasnt fired. She should go after her own people in the projects. She will find alot more of what she is looking for.

"She should go after her own people in the projects. She will find alot more of what she is looking for."

Her job was to audit. She found millions and millions of dollars of fraud in KJ and worked with the FBI for a long time. You say she should go after her own people, but she works in the KJ area. She can't go after people in Nebraska, Chicago or anyplace else. She was doing her job just as Melissa Reimer was in Ramapo. Both reported to the FBI and were wired. Stop with this antisemitism already. Do you think the FBI has someone wired for a year because the FBI is antisemitic?

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 Sep 24, 2015 at 02:42 PM yankee96 Says:

not surprising at all,but where is the FBI and what are they doing about it?

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 Sep 24, 2015 at 02:56 PM wmywoorde Says:

the school district of KJ is not being used only by 200 disable kids, and the taxes for that was last year over $22million dollars from the residents, if they're stealing money, what should "we the people do"

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 Sep 24, 2015 at 03:16 PM albroker Says:

hopefully theyll change even faster if a guy like Rand Paul wins, down with Marxism.

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 Sep 24, 2015 at 03:31 PM Anonymous Says:

Reply to #7  
LiberalismIsADisease Says:

I'm confused, you say "Whether her claim has merit or not is not relevant to me," but then your comment goes on as if it DOES have merit and it IS relevant to you.

If her claim has no merit, his evidence would be bogus, which it might be! You are just as guilty as she is!

#1 meant whether the fact that she was fired because she made discrimantory remarks or not has merit the facts of illegal actvity remain. The only questionable part fo rhe story seems to be was she doing her job or was she commiting racial profiling. (in this case religous profiing). Its kind of like when african americans scream that stop & frisk illegally targets their community voa racail profiling. Yet they admit that more murders do occur in thier community.

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 Sep 24, 2015 at 03:42 PM happy Says:

If the govenment gives them the mony whats so wrong?

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 Sep 24, 2015 at 03:57 PM Anonymous Says:

Reply to #18  
Anonymous Says:

"She should go after her own people in the projects. She will find alot more of what she is looking for."

Her job was to audit. She found millions and millions of dollars of fraud in KJ and worked with the FBI for a long time. You say she should go after her own people, but she works in the KJ area. She can't go after people in Nebraska, Chicago or anyplace else. She was doing her job just as Melissa Reimer was in Ramapo. Both reported to the FBI and were wired. Stop with this antisemitism already. Do you think the FBI has someone wired for a year because the FBI is antisemitic?

you must be one of the the two self hating or just hate but bh we are going strong and stronger

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 Sep 24, 2015 at 04:09 PM school for disabled expenses Says:

Reply to #20  
wmywoorde Says:

the school district of KJ is not being used only by 200 disable kids, and the taxes for that was last year over $22million dollars from the residents, if they're stealing money, what should "we the people do"

I do not condone welfare fraud or any fraud.
Education is supposed to be free for anybody. The fact that frum people use yeshivas does not mean they can not ask the government to pay for disabled children.
Any service to the disabled is very expensive. That is why practically every frum girl is going for OT, PT etc. You should not assume any fraud based on high expenses.

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 Sep 24, 2015 at 05:06 PM Anonymous Says:

It's amazing how our own yiden are so ready to condemn our own. Whenever there is a major bust at Medicaid, the majority are usually employees, none of them yiden (or white). I'm sure she investigated just because she wanted to do the right thing, not because she and her townsfolk hate us so.

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 Sep 24, 2015 at 05:08 PM Anonymous Says:

Reply to #20  
wmywoorde Says:

the school district of KJ is not being used only by 200 disable kids, and the taxes for that was last year over $22million dollars from the residents, if they're stealing money, what should "we the people do"

you should pray you never need the services provided to the disabled children!! that's what you self-hating jews should be doing.

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 Sep 24, 2015 at 06:34 PM Hakuton Says:

Der Shtirmer couldn't have said better.

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 Sep 24, 2015 at 09:14 PM gimmeabreak Says:

Reply to #26  
Anonymous Says:

It's amazing how our own yiden are so ready to condemn our own. Whenever there is a major bust at Medicaid, the majority are usually employees, none of them yiden (or white). I'm sure she investigated just because she wanted to do the right thing, not because she and her townsfolk hate us so.

"Whenever there is a major bust at Medicaid, the majority are usually employees, none of them yiden (or white)."

Surely, you can't be serious.

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 Sep 24, 2015 at 09:56 PM Anonymous Says:

Reply to #23  
happy Says:

If the govenment gives them the mony whats so wrong?

They claim they have no income, yet some bring in millions in cash and still collect welfare. Money is traced even when you buy a mansion with all cash. They put their mansion in a relative's name, yet the relative has no income.

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 Sep 25, 2015 at 02:35 AM Mark Levin Says:

Reply to #15  
Anonymous Says:

"Yes there are frum families with 21 children and non are twins or children of second marriage."

It's impossible to raise 21 children properly giving each one enough attention!!! The rest of society has to pay for these large families.

Really , it's impossible? I beg to differ. While i haven't seen 21, I've seen 15 KN'H, and while there are struggles (you could have struggled with one kid too!) everyone does just fine.

Stay out of people's bedrooms.

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 Sep 25, 2015 at 09:22 AM Anonymous Says:

Reply to #31  
Mark Levin Says:

Really , it's impossible? I beg to differ. While i haven't seen 21, I've seen 15 KN'H, and while there are struggles (you could have struggled with one kid too!) everyone does just fine.

Stay out of people's bedrooms.

He will stay out op peoples bedrooms when you stay out of people's pockets. At the end of the day society has to pay to support those large families. Yes if you are a millionare you can have 21 kids or 15 without coming on to society. But for 15 kids you need to earn a minmimum of 200K a year to be able to fully support them in a jewish home. For one kid 100k will suffice. Thats a major difference.

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 Sep 25, 2015 at 11:39 AM The Professor Says:

Reply to #15  
Anonymous Says:

"Yes there are frum families with 21 children and non are twins or children of second marriage."

It's impossible to raise 21 children properly giving each one enough attention!!! The rest of society has to pay for these large families.

Society does NOT have to pay for these large families. That's a chutzpah on your part. As far as society is concerned, they firmly believe that whoever brought children into the world should pay for their rearing. On which planet do you live?

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