Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Report: Welfare cheats cost taxpayers $2.8M

these are only some "reported" cases

Among the cases cited in the report:
• An Athol woman pleaded guilty in Boston Municipal Court to fraudulently collecting $58,170 in food assistance through the federally funded Supplemental Nutritional Assistance Program. She was put on probation for three years and ordered to pay full restitution.
• A Boston man pleaded guilty to larceny for illegally selling his food stamps for cash. He was placed on two years of probation and ordered to pay restitution.
• A Boston man faces fraud charges for allegedly collecting $21,000 in food assistance over seven years by using another man’s identity. He’s also facing federal charges for collecting housing vouchers under the same man’s name.
“It proves that there’s rampant fraud in the welfare system,” state Rep. Shaunna O’Connell, a Taunton Republican who has been fighting for welfare reform on Beacon Hill, said of the report.
EBT fraud has been under the microscope on Beacon Hill since a series of Herald stories revealed rampant abuse, including people using cards to buy lingerie, booze, lottery tickets and crack cocaine.
In April, federal, state and local cops raided stores in Chinatown and Quincy and busted 53 people for EBT fraud, including a Quincy convenience store owner who allegedly racked up $700,000 in fraudulent food stamp sales over two years.

Add all this in with other government waste and overspending and you can file it under paid my "fare share" of taxes thank you for asking Mr. President.

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