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Audit: 1,164 dead people received welfare benefits
http://bostonherald.com/ ^ | 05/28/2013 | Matt Stout

Posted on 05/28/2013 11:00:25 AM PDT by massmike

The Department of Transitional Assistance paid out more than $2 million in benefits to 1,164 people who were dead, according to a scathing new audit calling on the embattled agency to tighten up its fraud investigations.

The report, released this afternoon by state Auditor Suzanne Bump’s office, also showed where DTA failed to use technology that could have identified $15 million in questionable benefits and shelled out a $1 million more to those using fake Social Security numbers.

The audits follows a damning report released earlier this year by the Inspector General’s Office, which found $25 million in EBT money went to recipients who may not have been eligible.

(Excerpt) Read more at bostonherald.com ...


TOPICS: News/Current Events; US: Massachusetts
KEYWORDS: dncrico; rico; sourcetitlenoturl; typicaldnccorruption; welfarebenefits
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1 posted on 05/28/2013 11:00:25 AM PDT by massmike
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To: massmike

The Department of Transitional Assistance:

Well it has to be a real shocking transition.


2 posted on 05/28/2013 11:04:20 AM PDT by Jim from C-Town (The government is rarely benevolent, often malevolent and never benign!)
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To: massmike
Audit: 1,164 dead people received welfare benefits

But if the dead stop receiving welfare benefits, they may stop voting for Democrats.

3 posted on 05/28/2013 11:06:37 AM PDT by Lonely Bull
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To: massmike

Government devises a program and crooks devise a way to rip it off. It is axiomatic. Government NEVER oversees anything. (See Medicare).


4 posted on 05/28/2013 11:07:51 AM PDT by Safetgiver ( Islam makes barbarism look genteel.)
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To: Jim from C-Town

Leakage and Anecdotes!!!!


5 posted on 05/28/2013 11:07:58 AM PDT by massgopguy (I owe everything to George Bailey)
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To: massmike

That’s wrong by an order of magnitude. You can be sure there are >10,000 in MA.


6 posted on 05/28/2013 11:09:28 AM PDT by Uncle Miltie ("The White House can't be trusted." - Ron Fournier, National Journal)
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To: Lonely Bull

The dead didn’t vote for the Democrats. The people that cashed the checks did.


7 posted on 05/28/2013 11:10:05 AM PDT by massgopguy (I owe everything to George Bailey)
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To: massmike

Well, ok, as long as they aren’t subject to drug tests


8 posted on 05/28/2013 11:10:06 AM PDT by stanne
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To: massmike

Who cashed the checks?


9 posted on 05/28/2013 11:11:14 AM PDT by onyx (Please Support Free Republic - Donate Monthly! If you want on Sarah Palin's Ping List, Let Me know!)
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To: massmike

An honest mistake. They were all voters. Who would have thought? /s


10 posted on 05/28/2013 11:12:19 AM PDT by Paine in the Neck (Socialism consumes everything. Bolshies' gonna bolsh.)
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To: massmike

How much more are we shelling out to illegal aliens? How much do illegal aliens cost our education system? How much in Medicaid? How many citizens have lost their lives to illegal alien drunk drivers? How many have been raped and murdered by illegal aliens?


11 posted on 05/28/2013 11:12:29 AM PDT by Blood of Tyrants (Inside every liberal and WOD defender is a totalitarian screaming to get out.)
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To: Lonely Bull

Now that’s humor


12 posted on 05/28/2013 11:13:06 AM PDT by stanne
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To: Lonely Bull

Now that’s humor


13 posted on 05/28/2013 11:13:13 AM PDT by stanne
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To: massmike

I thought “dead” was a barrier to get public assistance....guess I was wrong


14 posted on 05/28/2013 11:13:28 AM PDT by SeminoleCounty (GOP - Greenlighting Obama's Programs)
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To: massmike

And each of these dead people votes the straight Democrat ticket in every election.


15 posted on 05/28/2013 11:14:46 AM PDT by detective
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To: massmike
1100 dead people is just the start.In addition to the entire Boston jihadi family many,many,*many* wetbacks get it here as do many people who don't exist and many who collect under several different names.
16 posted on 05/28/2013 11:14:55 AM PDT by Gay State Conservative (Leno Was Right,They *Are* Undocumented Democrats!)
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To: massmike

What is a temporary social security number?


17 posted on 05/28/2013 11:14:59 AM PDT by Forrestfire (("To educate a man in mind and not in morals is to educate a menace to society." Theodore Roosevelt))
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To: detective

bttt


18 posted on 05/28/2013 11:15:01 AM PDT by ConservativeMan55
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To: SeminoleCounty
I thought “dead” was a barrier to get public assistance....guess I was wrong

I'll wager that you've never been to The Gay State.

19 posted on 05/28/2013 11:16:18 AM PDT by Gay State Conservative (Leno Was Right,They *Are* Undocumented Democrats!)
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To: massmike

Are we talking about merely dead or really most sincerely dead?


20 posted on 05/28/2013 11:16:22 AM PDT by posterchild
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To: Gay State Conservative

shelled out a $1 million more to those using fake Social Security numbers.

And that is just the ones they found.


21 posted on 05/28/2013 11:16:49 AM PDT by sheana
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To: onyx
Remember the two people pushing “Bernie” in the wheel chair in New York?
22 posted on 05/28/2013 11:17:22 AM PDT by Domangart
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To: massmike

Were these accounts just growing or were there people taking money out as it went in? There would lie the fraud.


23 posted on 05/28/2013 11:17:55 AM PDT by A CA Guy ( God Bless America, God Bless and keep safe our fighting men and women.)
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To: Forrestfire
What is a temporary social security number?

It's been proven that during the 80's Governor Mike Dukais (remember him?) ordered the state welfare department to issue phony social security numbers to wetbacks so that they could get welfare here.He knew that it was the right thing to do,don't ya know!

24 posted on 05/28/2013 11:19:37 AM PDT by Gay State Conservative (Leno Was Right,They *Are* Undocumented Democrats!)
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To: massmike

AND thats just the stuff they reluctantly KNOW about..
What about all the stuff they DON’T WANT to know about?..

The federal givernment needs to be gutted like a fish..
and fileted removing all the skin and bones..
then inspected for the taste of liberal tendencies..

right after ALL GIVERNMENT UNIONS are outlawed..


25 posted on 05/28/2013 11:20:12 AM PDT by hosepipe (This propaganda has been edited to include some fully orbed hyperbole..)
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Working on the last 10%!!
Woo hoo!!
Less than $6.7k to Go!

We can do this!!
FReepers ROCK!!

26 posted on 05/28/2013 11:21:08 AM PDT by RedMDer (You are Free Republic. There are no outside influences. Just us, all of us. Please donate today!)
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To: massmike

Obama: “They died under the Bush Administration”


27 posted on 05/28/2013 11:22:54 AM PDT by Zathras
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To: Zathras

It doesn’t count until your dead dog gets benefits.


28 posted on 05/28/2013 11:25:02 AM PDT by EQAndyBuzz (The reason we own guns is to protect ourselves from those wanting to take our guns from us.)
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To: Jim from C-Town

Howie Carr calls it the Department of Terrorist Assistance, since the Boston bombers had EBT cards & other ‘free’ goodies. He even had a T-shirt made up with what looks like the real logo, but in place of Transitional it says ‘Terrorist’.


29 posted on 05/28/2013 11:26:04 AM PDT by Fantasywriter
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To: Domangart

I’m sorry, I don’t.


30 posted on 05/28/2013 11:27:12 AM PDT by onyx (Please Support Free Republic - Donate Monthly! If you want on Sarah Palin's Ping List, Let Me know!)
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To: onyx

I know this wasn’t done, but when they identified the fraudulent accounts, they should have put a trace on them to identify who was cashing them, and arrest them for fraud.

This sounds a lot like the IRS situation. No arrests, but promises that the situation will be changed so that it doesn’t happen again...


31 posted on 05/28/2013 11:28:48 AM PDT by Cowboy Bob (Democrats: Robbing Peter to buy Paul's vote.)
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To: massmike

How much did they give those people BEFORE sequester?

And BEFORE Obama weeded out all the “fraud and abuse” to pay for Obamacare.


32 posted on 05/28/2013 11:29:03 AM PDT by Mr. K (There are lies, damned lies, statistics, and democrat talking points.)
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To: Cowboy Bob

You’re right on both counts!


33 posted on 05/28/2013 11:29:48 AM PDT by onyx (Please Support Free Republic - Donate Monthly! If you want on Sarah Palin's Ping List, Let Me know!)
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To: Lonely Bull
How many of these dead recipients also voted?

.

Now, that would be an interesting story....

34 posted on 05/28/2013 11:31:58 AM PDT by ptsal (E)
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To: massmike

They need the money to get to the voting place on election days.


35 posted on 05/28/2013 11:32:14 AM PDT by Iron Munro (Obama-Ville - Land of The Freebies, Home of the Enslaved)
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To: massmike

Have they jailed whoever cashed the checks yet? < /sarc >


36 posted on 05/28/2013 11:33:56 AM PDT by JimRed (Excise the cancer before it kills us; feed &water the Tree of Liberty! TERM LIMITS, NOW & FOREVER!)
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To: massmike

I am willing to bet that they all voted for Obama too, early and often.


37 posted on 05/28/2013 11:34:19 AM PDT by Bubba_Leroy (The Obamanation Continues)
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To: massmike

I think this is great news because next month we will have additional funding that we didn’t have last month. That is why audits are so good.


38 posted on 05/28/2013 11:34:42 AM PDT by napscoordinator (Santorum-Bachmann 2016 for the future of the Country!)
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To: massmike

Yeah, along with a couple of million that are acting “dead” in terms of their work ethic.

I’m not sure that it’s any worse for a dead man to be getting a welfare check than it is a lazy man, for each contributes the same to society.

In fact, the dead man might be seen as less of a burden than the living.


39 posted on 05/28/2013 11:35:51 AM PDT by meyer (When people fear the government, you have Tyranny)
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To: onyx
The beat cop looked at these two people attempting to cash the dead guys check and halled them off. Most of the time they send letters to relatives for overpayment.
40 posted on 05/28/2013 11:38:50 AM PDT by Domangart
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To: SeminoleCounty

Not if you are in “transition”, I suppose. The old adage the “shrouds don’t have pockets” is no longer true! Bob


41 posted on 05/28/2013 11:38:55 AM PDT by alstewartfan ("I always knew it was you...I just didn't take care." Al Stewart)
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To: massmike

Hey, just cause you’re dead don’t mean you’re dead dead........


42 posted on 05/28/2013 11:43:54 AM PDT by Red Badger (Want to be surprised? Google your own name......Want to have fun? Google your friend's names........)
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To: napscoordinator

There are probably that many newly dead that are going to get their checks........


43 posted on 05/28/2013 11:45:17 AM PDT by Red Badger (Want to be surprised? Google your own name......Want to have fun? Google your friend's names........)
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To: Bubba_Leroy

Not if they had a talk with God first..... Bob


44 posted on 05/28/2013 11:49:54 AM PDT by alstewartfan ("I always knew it was you...I just didn't take care." Al Stewart)
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To: Domangart
At first I thought you meant THIS Bernie...


45 posted on 05/28/2013 11:55:53 AM PDT by massmike (At least no one is wearing a "Ron Paul - 2016" tee shirt........yet!)
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To: massmike

It’s good to know that the Bahston politicians have got you covered as you transition from this life to the next. I hope we’ve got that here in Arizona. LOL!


46 posted on 05/28/2013 12:11:03 PM PDT by FlingWingFlyer (If you think ObamaCare is a train wreck, wait until you see the amnesty bill.)
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To: massmike; All

And that’s why Deval Patrick will NOT replace Holder..


47 posted on 05/28/2013 12:31:25 PM PDT by ken5050 (Due to all the WH scandals, MSNBC is changing its slogan from "Lean Forward" to "BOHICA")
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To: SeminoleCounty

You CAN take it with you!


48 posted on 05/28/2013 1:05:29 PM PDT by stephenjohnbanker
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To: massmike

Well, their income WAS below the poverty line...


49 posted on 05/28/2013 1:07:56 PM PDT by informavoracious (We're being "punished" with Stanley Ann's baby. Obamacare: shovel-ready healthcare.)
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To: Red Badger

Good point. Really the only way to stop it is to have everyone renew in person every six months or so. Honesty obviously went out the window years ago.


50 posted on 05/28/2013 1:30:58 PM PDT by napscoordinator (Santorum-Bachmann 2016 for the future of the Country!)
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