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Westchester To Use Facial Recognition Technology To Fight Welfare Fraud

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FILE - A facial recognition program (Photo by Ian Waldie/Getty Images)

FILE – A facial recognition program (Photo by Ian Waldie/Getty Images)

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WHITE PLAINS, NY (WCBS 880) – Much the way social networking websites recognize your face and tag you in a photo. The same technology is now being used in Westchester to fight crime.

Looking to expose those who have multiple ID’s to get multiple benefits, Westchester County is teaming up with the Department of Motor Vehicles and using facial recognition to fight welfare fraud.

County executive Rob Astorino explains if the DMV find people with multiple identities, they’ll turn it over to the Department of Social Services.

WCBS 880’s Catherine Cioffi reports: Westchester County Cracking Down On Welfare Fraud

“This is an opportunity to use technology to our advantage to weed out fraud and to cross-check,” said Astorino. “Every dollar saved is a dollar that we can put towards important services or to reduce taxes.”

The new program doesn’t cost anything for the county.

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