Employee sues Orange County over disciplining

An Orange County employee says she was punished for uncovering what she claims is $40 million fraud on behalf of residents in the Hasidic Jewish

An Orange County employee says she was punished for uncovering what she claims is $40 million fraud on behalf of residents in the Hasidic Jewish village of Kiryas Joel.

An Orange County employee says she was punished for uncovering what she claims is $40 million fraud on behalf of residents in the Hasidic Jewish village of Kiryas Joel. (9/23/15)

ORANGE COUNTY - An Orange County employee says she was punished for uncovering what she claims is $40 million fraud on behalf of residents in the Hasidic Jewish village of Kiryas Joel.

Medicaid worker Nicole Latreille says she was demoted and transferred after she came forward with evidence of the alleged fraud.

Latreille says she made the findings last year, around the same time county records surfaced showing a large number of Kiryas Joel residents receiving social services and at the start of countywide probes into fraud.

She says she went to her supervisor with evidence of welfare fraud, and the allegations were reported to the FBI.

A county source says that Latreille was reprimanded and removed from her job not because of her findings, but because of alleged prejudiced comments she made that could interfere with the ongoing investigation.

Latreille denies that and has hired high-profile civil rights attorney Michael Sussman, who filed a lawsuit against county Social Services commissioners Darcy Miller and Steve Gross.

"She was simply following the evidence that was available, and quite frankly she should've gotten an award rather than be disciplined," Sussman says.

A county representative called the lawsuit "baseless," but could not otherwise comment.

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