BOSTON (AP) — State officials say welfare cheats have cost Massachusetts taxpayers more than $2.7 million during the fiscal year that ends this month.
A report from state Auditor Suzanne Bump says in just the first three months of the year, state investigators found $1.8 million in fraud in more than 400 separate cases.
More than $1.2 million of the fraudulently obtained public benefits involved welfare cheats, while roughly $500,000 involved Medicaid scams.
Republican state Rep. Shaunna O'Connell tells the Boston Herald the report is proof of "rampant fraud in the welfare system."
One of the more egregious cases involved an Athol woman accused of fraudulently collecting more than $58,000 in food assistance. She has been ordered to pay restitution.
A joint committee in the state Legislature is currently reviewing welfare reform plans.
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