NY Going After STAR Double Dippers

ALBANY (AP) -

New York is going after “double dippers” who file for the state’s STAR property rebate program while living in rent-regulated apartments, Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced Monday.

People who lease rent-regulated apartments cannot have another home as their primary residence, and people can only claim their primary residence for a STAR rebate.

State officials said Monday that 156 duplicate names were found after rent-regulation records were cross-checked against the STAR system. Letters were sent out giving those people 60 days to correct their records or have the information passed to landlords.

New York last year required homeowners to re-register for the local school tax breaks because of reports of widespread fraud.