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Rensselaer County District Attorney Joel E. Abelove announced today that those arrested for tax and public benefits fraud in Rensselaer County, can expect to face a highly trained and specialized prosecutor, thanks to a grant from the state’s Crimes Against Revenue Program. The $108,750.00 a year grant will go towards funding the salary and benefits for one (1) experienced Revenue Crimes Prosecutor who will exclusively prosecute revenue related crimes in the county.

The Revenue Crimes Prosecutor will work closely with state and county agencies, such as the New York State Department of Taxation and Finance and the Rensselaer County Department of Social Services, to expand knowledge and resources in the office through specialized training. The partnership with these agencies will also serve to identify potential cases for investigation and prosecution by the office.

The Rensselaer County District Attorney’s Office was one (1) of only two (2) new municipalities to receive grant funding in order to crack down on individuals and businesses who fail to pay taxes or commit fraud. With receiving the full funding required for the position, there will be no additional tax levy impact to the residents of the county. 2015 marks the first year that the Rensselaer County District Attorney’s Office applied for and was awarded CARP Funding.

Abelove said, “With financial crimes becoming more frequent and difficult to combat, this grant will provide my office with a critical tool to fight against fraud and protect the taxpayers of Rensselaer County.”