36 arrested in welfare fraud sweep in Orange County

36 people are accused of welfare fraud.

36 people are accused of welfare fraud. (Credit: News 12 Hudson Valley)

MIDDLETOWN - Dozens have been arrested in a massive welfare fraud sweep in Orange County.

The 36 suspects, mostly from Middletown and Newburgh, are accused of lying to get free welfare services. The suspects allegedly received $337,000 in Medicaid, public assistance, food stamps and day care.

Police say more sweeps in the county are to come. Orange County Executive Steve Neuhaus also announced plans to create a welfare fraud task force.

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