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Chief Financial Officer Jeff Atwater today announced that the Department of Financial Services, in partnership with local law enforcement agencies, is hosting free financial safety workshops for seniors, their families and caregivers next week in Palm Coast and Bunnell. Called ‘Be Scam Smart,’ these workshops will teach attendees about how to spot a scam, how scams work and the steps they can take to protect themselves.
More people in Southwest Florida are being criminally charged with welfare fraud, according to an analysis of court records by the NBC2 Investigators.
 
The majority of the people charged are accused of falsifying financial information when applying for the SNAP program, more commonly known as food stamps.
Federal and state investigators say they prioritized the case against former HARC CEO Richard Liliston because of the victims involved.
Liliston, the former head of the Hillsborough Assocation for Retarded Citizens (HARC),was convicted on of conspiring to defraud the Social Security Administration in a scheme to divert $683,599 from his disabled clients.
Evidence culled from tens of thousands of emails, a decade of banking transactions, rooms full of records, led to the verdict on Wednesday.

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