Friday, May 31, 2013

Even the Dead are Making it in Massachusetts

Massachusetts gave millions of dollars in questionable public assis­tance to people who were listed as dead, used multiple Social Security numbers to boost their payments, or apparently sold their benefit cards for cash over the past few years, according to a state ­audit released Tuesday. 
The report by State Auditor ­Suzanne Bump is the latest study finding that the state did not do nearly enough to ensure that welfare benefits went only to qualified recipients. The head of the agency that administers the aid quit in January after another scathing ­report from the inspector general.
Bump’s audit found that 1,160 recipients were either dead or used a deceased person’s Social Security number, costing $2.4 million ­between July 2010 and April 2012. 
It also flagged another $15.6 million in suspicious transactions from electronic benefit cards ­between 2010 and 2012, including cards that were used as far away as Alaska, Hawaii, or the US Virgin Islands, suggesting the recipients either no longer lived in Massachusetts or had extra cash for travel.
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1 comment:

BOSMAN said...

The breaking point for me will be if I find out that dead illegal immigrants are receiving benefits. BTW, I'm sure there's some of this going on in all the other states.