The Broome County District Attorney is adding a new description to a job in his office to take a pro-active approach to cracking down on welfare fraud.

Stephanie Milks, who has been an assistant district attorney in DA Steven Cornwell’s office, will be looking at a number of records and reports in addition to referrals from law enforcement, trying to make sure people who are not entitled to benefits, including drug dealers, won’t get public assistance.

Cornwell announced the move during a joint news conference with County Executive Jason Garnar.

Cornwell says welfare fraud and drug use have skyrocketed in Broome County over the past ten years.