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NY lottery winner charged with welfare fraud

Apr 13, 2012, 4:37 pm

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New York Lottery

Apparently one New York resident thinks getting $1,000 a week for life is not enough, and the taxpayers should give him more.

A western New York lottery winner has been accused of improperly receiving more than $4,000 in public assistance.

The Orleans County sheriff's office says 51-year-old Anthony Palermo of Albion began receiving $1,000 a week in 1998 after winning the "Win for Life" scratch-off lottery game. Police said Thursday that Palermo applied for and began receiving Medicaid and heating assistance benefits last fall.

Palermo was charged with welfare fraud, grand larceny and offering a false instrument for filing. He was released on his own recognizance and will be arraigned Tuesday.

It could not be determined Friday morning if Palermo had a lawyer.

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