BOSTON (WWLP) – Thousands of eligible low-income and disabled citizens collect millions of your tax dollars every year, but 22News reveals how identity theft, and welfare fraud, has dead people collecting welfare dollars too.
Fraud continues to plague the state’s welfare system. A State Auditor’s report last year found more that 11-hundred people collecting $2.4-million in benefits under the names of people who are dead.
With just 64-days left in this legislative session, Republican lawmakers are pushing a welfare reform bill to reduce fraud in the system.
According to Rep. Shaunna O’Connell, (R) Taunton, “When we turn a blind eye to fraud, the people who need help the most aren’t going to be getting it and it’s been detailed in reports by the auditor and the Inspector General that there are just millions and millions dollars of fraud and abuse in the welfare system.”
The bill toughens work requirements for welfare recipients, creates stronger safeguards to prevent fraud and abuse, and provides support to transition people from welfare to work.
The bill’s been stuck in a conference committee since November.