ALBANY - The Montgomery County district attorney's office will receive a $35,000 state grant to improve its investigation and prosecution of state tax evasion and welfare fraud cases.
The grant is part of $860,700 in funding for 12 county district attorney's offices in the state, according to a news release from the governor's office.
Six district attorney's offices, including Montgomery County's, is receiving the grant money for the first time, while six others currently receiving grants will receive additional funding.
"It is unacceptable for taxpayers to be robbed of revenue by those who misuse our tax and public benefits system," Gov. Andrew Cuomo said in the news release. "These grants are a proven technique to obtain the revenues that the state is entitled to, while also holding those who deliberately fail to pay their state tax obligations or commit benefit fraud accountable."
The Crimes Against Revenue Program is funded by the proceeds from investigations that result in tax revenues, fines and restitution being returned to the state. Approximately $160 million has been returned to the state since the program began 10 years ago.
The grants 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.