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Mass. Report Questions $25M in Welfare Benefits

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BOSTON (AP) — The state Inspector General says as much as $25 million in welfare benefits are handed out annually in Massachusetts to recipients who have failed to prove their eligibility.

A report, focused on families with children, estimated that almost 10 percent of the more than 51,000 families on welfare are able to collect benefits from the Department of Transitional Assistance without having to provide the proper documentation.

The report found that some welfare recipients have jobs; fail to provide adequate proof of residency; fail to provide evidence of citizenship; and fail to provide proof a child is theirs.

DTA Commissioner Daniel Curley tells the Boston Herald (http://bit.ly/14tfuhb ) the agency has already set up new ways to verify employment and Social Security records, and said the agency’s integrity unit recovers millions each year.

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Information from: Boston Herald, http://www.bostonherald.com


  • medic3

    They also go to rental centers, rent furniture, TV’s, home entertainment centers etc etc etc. they buy the insurance. Make a couple payments, move the items to another location. File a police report, collect the insurance…..replace the item and sell the original to pay off the contract. RAC and Aaron’s know they do this. They have employees in the stores to assist in this sham. Just like they have employees in welfare and unemployment offices to assist in that sham. If you ASK these slugs how they do it, they will TEACH you because they are proud of how they get away with it!!

  • 06012011

    Look at the bank lines today. The line started outside for the ATM and Bank at around 8:15am. Free money is worth the wait and the cold. But it was warm in their Lexus coupe?