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The state Office of Inspector General prevented $1.4 million in welfare fraud in York County during the 2014-15 fiscal year, according to the office's annual report.

The savings were the result of 373 field investigations in the county, according to Lucas Miller, the bureau's director.

Miller wrote in an email that the office also prevented $112,000 in future benefits to York County recipients who were disqualified through administrative hearings or criminal prosecution of welfare fraud.

In total, the office prevented $87.6 million in welfare fraud throughout the state, according to the report. The department is made up of the Bureau of Fraud Prevention and Prosecution and the Bureau of Special Investigations.

The Bureau of Special Investigations investigates allegations of fraud, waste, abuse and misconduct in agencies under the governor’s jurisdiction. Investigations include abuse of work hours, falsification of records and misappropriation of funds.

The Bureau of Fraud Prevention filed 42 fraudulent actions in York County during the fiscal year and filed for $194,000 in restitution to the state, according to Miller.

That money wasn't all immediately collected, Miller said.

The bureau was able to recover a total of $22 million in welfare overpayments in the state, according to its report.

— Reach David Weissman at dweissman@yorkdispatch.com.

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