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The Erie County District Attorney’s Office successfully pursued welfare fraud convictions against 25 people in 2012, according to County Executive Mark C. Poloncarz and Social Services Commissioner Carol Dankert-Maurer.

As a result, the county is owed a total of $288,860 in reimbursements from those who fraudulently obtained benefits through the county’s Temporary Assistance, Medicaid, Supplemental Nutrition Assistance, and Daycare programs.

“Defrauding programs meant to assist individuals and families in need is unconscionable and unacceptable, and we will root out fraud and abuse like this,” Poloncarz said in a statement Thursday.

“Let those who would consider defrauding the public know that if you try to, you will be caught and prosecuted to the full extent of the law,” he added.