Blog Posts in "Stop Fraud"

Posted by & filed under Ohio, Stop Fraud, Stop The Scam, Welfare Reform.

Last week, Ohio Auditor of State Dave Yost testified to the House Committee on Agriculture regarding a recent audit of the states' EBT card system. The audit concluded that there is likely millions of dollars of fraud occurring in the system on an annual basis. Key findings include: 36 deceased individuals received benefits for more than one year after their death 1,862 deceased...[ read more ]

Posted by & filed under Alaska, Stop Fraud, Stop The Scam, Welfare Reform.

The Stop The Scam welfare reform bill introduced by Alaska Senator Pete Kelly which reigns in welfare fraud and abuse in America's largest state has passed both houses of the State Legislature and is awaiting the signature of Governor Bill Walker. Fraud and abuse in state welfare programs costs taxpayers billions every year and robs limited resources from the truly...[ read more ]

Posted by & filed under Illiniois, Stop Fraud, Stories.

Jacob Chalkey needs a life saving seizure medication to survive, but the cost of Medicaid fraud in Illinois led the state to cutting off payment for his medication. In just one year, audits that were authorized with bi-partisan approval found over 300,000 ineligible enrollees in their Medicaid system. In the second year, the audit removed another 400,000 ineligible enrollees. Among...[ read more ]

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Hundreds of thousands of families around the country currently sit on waiting lists for HUD housing, while some families earning as much as $497,000 a year remain in their HUD homes – subsidized by you the taxpayer. According to the audit, the cost of keeping these “over income” tenants on the HUD program will cost taxpayers as much as $104...[ read more ]

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We have done a series of welfare fraud pieces chronicling the many ways people abuse and scam the welfare system for their own gain. These scams often bilk taxpayers for thousands or hundreds of thousands of dollars, but this one we found in Grand Rapids, Michigan was one for the record books. Three brothers accused of defrauding federal welfare programs...[ read more ]

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Not only can EBT cards be used to purchase food, they can also be used to purchase illegal drugs in the alley behind the grocery store. To Maine: When state drug agents arrested Paul Robinson in January 2014 for selling crack cocaine from his Bartlett Street apartment, they seized guns, drugs and cash, a typical evidence haul for a suspected...[ read more ]

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There is a crisis in America – a crisis of dependency, and it’s growing. More than 48 million Americans were enrolled in the food stamp program in 2013, a record high. It is now one of the fastest-growing welfare entitlements in our federal budget, and one of the largest. A new report by FGA illustrates just how bad it has...[ read more ]

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I'm sure you saw it. You couldn't have missed it. Gwyneth Paltrow's tweet about food stamps, and how difficult it is to live on them, whipped up an online frenzy: This is what $29 gets you at the grocery store—what families on SNAP (i.e. food stamps) have to live on for a week. pic.twitter.com/OZMPA3nxij — Gwyneth Paltrow (@GwynethPaltrow) April 9, 2015...[ read more ]

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An Illinois man was able to steal nearly $1M from taxpayers, before his elaborate scheme was investigated and stopped. 46 year-old Wael Ghoshesh used more than 3,000 Link (food assistance) cards to buy candy and energy drinks, which he then resold to other stores at a profit. How is it even possible for one man to have access to thousands...[ read more ]