Orange County, NY - FBI Destroys Improperly Obtained Evidence In KJ Welfare Investigation
Orange County, NY - Purported evidence of welfare fraud by Kiryas Joel residents has been destroyed by the FBI because it was inappropriately obtained by an Orange County employee.
As previously reported on VIN News, Nicole Latrielle, a Medicaid worked for the county, discovered records that showed a disproportionate number of people in Kiryas Joel were receiving social services. After furnishing her superiors with evidence of the alleged $40 million in welfare fraud which was then passed along to the FBI, Latreille said that she was demoted and transferred, prompting her to file suit against Orange County.
A statement released today by the county said that the FBI, the district attorney and other law enforcement agencies continue to investigate allegations of fraud in the county but that because Latreille accessed confidential databases as a private citizen and not as part of her official duties it is legally inadmissible since it was not obtained through proper channels.
Orange County spokesperson Justin Rodriguez, who noted that Latreille may have compromised ongoing investigations by inappropriately accessing restricted data, called Latreille’s actions “not legally tenable.”
Rodriguez said that the county was informed by the FBI that no records submitted by Latreille will be used in the ongoing fight against welfare fraud.
“The FBI has destroyed the information provided by Ms. Latreille due to the improprieties associated with the manner in which the information was obtained and that none of the information from Ms. Latreille was utilized in any criminal investigation or prosecution,” said Rodriguez.
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