Wonder whether this is just a nice political propaganda move, or whether Attorney General Eric Schneiderman means serious business to get rid of fraud in New York. Has to be also a kind'a insult to his predecessor, Andrew Cuomo (who has just been elected Governor of NY) who obviously, by implication, must not have done a good job at tackling fraud while he was Attorney General?
|Scammers beware - the state's top lawyer is after you.
Attorney General Eric Schneiderman Thursday declared war on pension abusers, tax frauds and corrupt contractors by forming a unit to go after government cheats.
"We are going to go after them with every tool we have and they are going to pay the price," he said.
The new Taxpayer Protection Unit marks his first major move since taking office earlier this month. He is also expanding the office's Medicaid Fraud Control Unit with "dozens" of prosecutors, investigators and auditors.
The AG will rely on whistleblowers, saying the recently enhanced False Claims Act will allow him to go after out-of-state corporate tax schemers and subcontractors.