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New York to further prosecute those who scam the COVID relief system

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New York ‘s Governor Kathy Hochul has officially signed legislation that is intent on making penalties for scamming the COVID-19 relief system even steeper. According to The Post, lawmakers unanimously passed the legislation as investigators remain diligent in seeking out criminals and scam artists who conned the system.

“As with other states of emergency like superstorm Sandy or after September 11th, the need to respond swiftly creates opportunities for perpetrators of fraud,” lawmakers wrote in the bill. “With New York combating a pandemic, government funds are limited, and in such dire circumstances, we must incentivize whistleblowers to come forward with information to assist the state recover funds and deter criminal dealings.”

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