From the NY Post:
The number of people caught as welfare and Medicaid cheats in New York City skyrocketed by 45 percent last year, potentially costing taxpayers millions in fraudulent claims, figures obtained by The Post show.
Individuals nailed for gaming the system surged to 28,335 in 2008 from 19,476 the year before, according to the city Human Resources Administration.
A new Medicaid-fraud unit alone nabbed 10,379 cheaters.
Rita Mitilis, 37, was one of the scammers arrested earlier this month. She lived in a home worth more than $1 million and owned several luxury cars while receiving thousands in Medicaid benefits, Brooklyn prosecutors said.
Mitilis hid a bank account balance of $400,000 while she claimed more than $60,000 in Medicaid benefits for medical care for herself, her husband and her four children, according to investigators.
In addition to her home, she owns two rental properties in Brooklyn and two vacant lots in Florida as well as a commercial glass distribution business, Odyssey Glass and Storefront Inc., authorities said.