A recently article, War on Poverty: How much welfare fraud is there in Massachusetts, published by MassLive reports on the state of fraud in the Massachusetts welfare system.
A report by the office of Auditor Suzanne Bump, who is in charge of investigating and preventing fraud in public assistance programs through its Bureau of Special Investigations, identified $9.5 million in welfare fraud for 2014.
More than $5 million of the fraud was in MassHealth, the state’s Medicaid program. More than $2 million was in food stamps, officially called the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP). The rest came from other programs, generally cash aid.
Typically, fraud involves people underreporting assets or income to falsely claim eligibility for a program, or people using false identities.
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