Thursday, January 5, 2012

Roraback wants probe of D-SNAP investigation

HARTFORD — Three state senators have written a letter to Gov. Dannel Malloy, formally asking that the administration's investigation into alleged food stamp fraud be handled by a third-party investigator.
State Sen. Andrew Roraback, also running for a seat in the state’s 5th Congressional district, Sen. Joe Markley, R-Southington, and Sen. Kevin C. Kelley sent a letter to Malloy Thursday calling for a probe into how the Malloy administration has been handling its investigation into alleged food stamp fraud.
Attorney Rich Rochlin, who says he represents some of the 44 state employees currently accused of defrauding the state’s D-SNAP program after Tropical Storm Irene, said names and Social Security numbers of about 90 workers in a state subpoena processed by the bank were released to other state workers.
"We write to encourage you to refer this matter as soon as possible to the chief State's Attorney's Office," the letter from Roraback and Markley says. "We make this request out of our strong belief that public confidence as to the integrity of any investigation can only be secured if the investigation is undertaken by an independent, third party law enforcement entity."
In an interview earlier this week with radio host Dan Lovallo, Roraback, R-Goshen, said if the allegations made by Rochlin are true — “the governor has committed a grave disservice.  People may have broken the law and they should be held accountable, but that doesn’t give the government the right to publicly disclose a personal number.”
Roraback said the investigation should be taken out of the hands of the governor, the Department of Social Services and the state police, and be put squarely in the lap of the chief’s state’s attorney’s office.


Roraback Markley Letter

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3 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

I believe that anyone that uses tax payers money for fraud. Should be put in the media. Their name and work place, but not their ss number or private address.
Just maybe this will help stop some of this fraud that we pay for.

January 5, 2012 at 10:47 AM 
Blogger Mike said...

I'm confused. Some reports are blaming the Governor for releasing the SS numbers. Other reports are that Wells Fargo screwed up. Does ANYONE know who released them ? If it was Wells Fargo...you can't blame the Governor !

January 5, 2012 at 1:21 PM 
Anonymous James Ricci said...

We write to encourage you to refer this matter as soon as possible to the chief State's Attorney's Office,"

News Flash ---- The Chief States Attorney's Office is just another State
Agency--- The "State" investigating the "State" is Insanity at it's best.

January 5, 2012 at 4:58 PM 

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