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Orange County, NY - FBI Destroys Improperly Obtained Evidence In KJ Welfare Investigation

Published on: September 30, 2015 01:08 PM
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Nicole Latreille with her lawyer Michael Sussman speaking to News 12Nicole Latreille with her lawyer Michael Sussman speaking to News 12

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.” 

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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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 Sep 30, 2015 at 01:34 PM Anonymous Says:

One has to wonder why an employee would risk her job to illegally obtain questionable information against a certain ethnic group of people....anti sentiment, perhaps? Hopefully she'll have to pay the price for breaking the law.

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 Sep 30, 2015 at 01:58 PM Raphael_Kaufman Says:

I don't understand why evidence of a crime obtained by and from a private citizen could be illegal. the Fourth Amendment only applies to government. Private citizens don't need a warrant or even probable cause. Can some legal beagle help me out here?

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 Sep 30, 2015 at 02:24 PM aleph Says:

She is a Medicaid employee, not a private citizen. So she used her government job to illegally obtain the records.

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 Sep 30, 2015 at 02:29 PM savtat Says:

Since she was working for a government agency, she is subject to the laws that apply for the agency to produce information. She would not have had access to this info without her government status. It's impressive that they destroyed this evidence.

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 Sep 30, 2015 at 02:34 PM PMOinFL Says:

Reply to #2  
Raphael_Kaufman Says:

I don't understand why evidence of a crime obtained by and from a private citizen could be illegal. the Fourth Amendment only applies to government. Private citizens don't need a warrant or even probable cause. Can some legal beagle help me out here?

She is a government employee.

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 Sep 30, 2015 at 03:46 PM albroker Says:

she is a whitselblower and a good citizen, we need more of her and less criminals.

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 Sep 30, 2015 at 04:04 PM Anonymous Says:

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Anonymous Says:

One has to wonder why an employee would risk her job to illegally obtain questionable information against a certain ethnic group of people....anti sentiment, perhaps? Hopefully she'll have to pay the price for breaking the law.

More likely, she was told by her politically appointed bosses not to use the information because it would jeopardize KJ votes. Not everything is "anti sentiment."

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 Sep 30, 2015 at 04:11 PM Liepa Says:

One of the gazillion ways the 'One Above' looks out for His believers and followers!

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 Sep 30, 2015 at 08:15 PM Aron1 Says:

Reply to #2  
Raphael_Kaufman Says:

I don't understand why evidence of a crime obtained by and from a private citizen could be illegal. the Fourth Amendment only applies to government. Private citizens don't need a warrant or even probable cause. Can some legal beagle help me out here?

And I don't understand why you seem so eager that this evidence be admitted.
Can some eagle yiddle help me out here?

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 Sep 30, 2015 at 08:47 PM Anonymous Says:

I work at a hospital and opening a medical chart that i was not asked to open is a a violation by law. Maybe they have similar laws.

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 Sep 30, 2015 at 08:51 PM Anonymous Says:

In he medical field is a violation if you open a chart for no good reason. Maybe they have similar laws with welfare?

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 Sep 30, 2015 at 09:24 PM Nova2 Says:

But, the fact remains that there is substantial fraud! Correct?

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 Sep 30, 2015 at 10:00 PM yaakov doe Says:

Reply to #1  
Anonymous Says:

One has to wonder why an employee would risk her job to illegally obtain questionable information against a certain ethnic group of people....anti sentiment, perhaps? Hopefully she'll have to pay the price for breaking the law.

Perhaps she was troubled by the fraud that she observed in the course of her work and wanted to put an end to it. Any employee of a government agency should be troubled by people scamming the system, committing fraud and costing the taxpayers money. She apparently accessed information that wasn't needed for her actual job thus breaching the confidentiality safeguards. There should be no fraud committed by frum Yiddin for anyone to find.

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 Sep 30, 2015 at 10:24 PM Anonymous Says:

There is no question, that we give, in all kind of stupit high taxes for the government, much more than we get back. i'm not justifying all this fraud, but this worker is not a hero for fighting crime, because it's also fraud from the government to take all our taxes, and use it for all kind of things that the people don't want

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 Oct 01, 2015 at 02:07 AM Anonymous Says:

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yaakov doe Says:

Perhaps she was troubled by the fraud that she observed in the course of her work and wanted to put an end to it. Any employee of a government agency should be troubled by people scamming the system, committing fraud and costing the taxpayers money. She apparently accessed information that wasn't needed for her actual job thus breaching the confidentiality safeguards. There should be no fraud committed by frum Yiddin for anyone to find.

How did she know it was fraud? did she see all those people's tax returns, income and expenses? doubtful. just another one of our good friends in and around KJ. with a Jewish attorney, of course.

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 Oct 01, 2015 at 08:58 AM c Says:

Reply to #14  
Anonymous Says:

There is no question, that we give, in all kind of stupit high taxes for the government, much more than we get back. i'm not justifying all this fraud, but this worker is not a hero for fighting crime, because it's also fraud from the government to take all our taxes, and use it for all kind of things that the people don't want

No one is forcing you to live here.

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 Oct 01, 2015 at 11:33 AM Anonymous Says:

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c Says:

No one is forcing you to live here.

When the US was founded there weren't so many taxes, the progressives have made the government too big

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 Oct 01, 2015 at 06:19 PM Anonymous Says:

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Anonymous Says:

When the US was founded there weren't so many taxes, the progressives have made the government too big

In the 1950's, the tax rate on the wealthy and on corporations was far higher than it is now. It's just because their tax rate has gone down, courtesy of Conservative Republicans, that yours has gone up. Realize, also, that the bulk of government spending goes to the military and to medicare/medicaid. While there's not much the average person can or will do about military spending, don't you think that there is much waste in medicare/medicaid? Shouldn't we be encouraging investigations of this nature, just to make sure that everyone is getting what they are entitled to, not bilking the system?

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