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Harrisburg – Inspector General Albert H. Masland announced that welfare fraud charges have been filed against two Susquehanna County residents. The individuals, in unrelated cases, allegedly collected more than $5,100 in public assistance benefits for which they were not eligible.

"Welfare fraud is a serious crime against Pennsylvania taxpayers," Masland said. "The Office of Inspector General is working hard to safeguard the funds for citizens in need and to punish individuals who abuse public assistance monies. I thank Susquehanna County District Attorney Charles Aliano and his staff for their help in bringing these cases to prosecution."

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County Moves On HIPAA Act

The Susquehanna County Commissioners –minus Gary Marcho who was hospitalized with an illness– appointed a team of five county employees to develop a plan that will bring the county in compliance with the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA).

The team includes Chief Clerk Suzanne Brainard; Michael Giangrieco, county solicitor; Sue Adamec, director of Children & Youth Services; Everett Setzer, director of the county’s computer department; and, Jeff Shoemaker, chief probation officer.

The action came on the heels of some prodding from the County Commissioners Association of Pennsylvania (CCAP).

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