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Thursday, February 19, 2015

Gov. Andrew Cuomo
The Niagara County District Attorney's office will receive an additional $50,000 from the state to prosecute those who commit tax and public benefits fraud.

In all, the state is offering $14.7 million in grants to 28 district attorneys’ offices, Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo announced today. Prosecutors in five counties will receive grants for the first time, while 23 others will receive funding to continue their work to crack down on individuals and businesses who fail to pay taxes or commit fraud.

“Our administration will not tolerate people who try to cheat their way out of tax obligations or defraud our welfare system,” Cuomo said. “People who evade taxes or commit welfare crimes are stealing from hard-working taxpayers. By providing this funding, we’re helping to end this kind of abuse and hold individuals and businesses accountable.”

District attorneys’ offices will receive the grants through the state’s Crimes Against Revenue Program, which is funded by the proceeds from investigations that result in tax revenues, fines and restitution being returned to the state. More than $165 million has been returned to the state since the program began in 2004, which is an 81 percent increase over the $91 million in grants provided to district attorneys’ offices during the past decade.

This was the first time since the inception of CARP that all of the state’s 62 district attorneys’ offices could apply for grant funding. As a result of that expanded eligibility, district attorneys’ offices in the following five counties will receive funding for the first time:

  • Chemung: $80,600
  • Cortland: $79,050
  • Fulton: $17,500
  • Ontario: $104,770
  • Washington: $45,000

District attorneys’ offices in the following counties already participate in the program and will receive additional funding to continue their CARP investigations and prosecutions:

  • Albany: $246,500
  • Bronx: $770,667
  • Cayuga: $51,156
  • Clinton: $80,250
  • Erie: $461,000
  • Kings: $943,000
  • Madison: $22,467
  • Monroe: $228,280
  • Nassau: $752,650
  • New York: $5,700,000
  • Niagara: $50,000
  • Oneida: $106,622
  • Onondaga: $98,000
  • Orange: $25,000
  • Queens: $1,677,856
  • Richmond: $245,693
  • Rockland: $393,675
  • Schenectady: $200,156
  • Steuben: $14,250
  • Suffolk: $1,806,171
  • Ulster: $99,500
  • Warren: $70,000
  • Westchester: $338,050 

The grants will fund personnel, including forensic accountants, investigators and assistant district attorneys, who work to build cases for prosecution. All taxes, such as sales, excise and income, are subject to these investigations, which can focus on individuals, corporations or industries and include complex financial fraud and tax evasion schemes by major criminal enterprises. The funding cycle for the grants aligns with the calendar year.

The state Division of Criminal Justice Services works with the Department of Taxation and Finance to administer the program. Tax and Finance serves as the program expert by providing technical assistance and helping to identify cases for investigation while the Division of Criminal Justice Services administers the grant funding.

The New York State Department of Taxation and Finance ( annually processes 25 million tax returns and collects more than $90 billion in annual state and local revenue. More than 96 percent of the taxes collected are remitted voluntarily by taxpayers. The remaining 4 percent is a result of the agency’s enforcement programs and its work with local, state and federal agencies.

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