Outrage growing over SC fugitive with NY benefits card
Fulton (WSYR-TV) – State Senator Dave Valesky has joined the growing number of politicians outraged over a case in which a fugitive wanted on an attempted murder charge in South Carolina was discovered in Fulton with a New York State benefits card.
Valesky says he is shocked by the case, joining Senator John DeFrancisco and Assemblyman Will Barclay.
They want to know how a man wanted on such serious charges in another state could be living in New York and receiving benefits.
Edward Lamar Moses was arrested in Fulton earlier in the month and showed a valid New York State Electronic Benefits Card to police.
"If the way it's written currently is allowing something like that to happen or it's not strong enough to prevent something like that from happening. I think it's our responsibility to look at changing that law," Valesky said.
The agency that permitted the card says it has launched a review of the case to make sure all rules and procedures were followed. They say that although the applicant may be issued a card, it does not necessarily translate into eligibility for the benefits or access to them.
Moses had been on the run for over a year. He was at the top of Darlington County's Most Wanted list for months.
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