Welfare recipients receiving benefits after their death

BOSTON (WWLP) — From July 2010 to December 2012, State Auditor Suzanne Bump says her office identified more than 1,100 cases where welfare recipients continued to receive more than 2 million dollars in benefits months after they were reported dead.

The state's welfare agency also paid at least 368,000 dollars in benefits to nearly 200 people claiming dead people as dependents. Bump's office found the DTA could not provide documentation that accounted for more than 30,000 electronic benefit transfer cards. Bump says the DTA failed to use reports and resources available to them to investigate more than 15 million dollars in suspicious activity.

Bump said, “They could have made use of fraud tracking reports, but they did none of that. The tools were available, they did not use what was a disservice to the program, it was a disservice to the taxpayer.”

In January, the DTA hired new leadership and undertook a 100-day plan to root out fraud.

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