The Pennsylvania Office of the Inspector General reports the agency prevented $87.6 million in welfare fraud through its investigation of over 25,000 applicants.
According to the Fiscal Year 2014-15 Annual Report, OIG:
- Prevented $87.6 million in welfare fraud by investigating 25,756 applications for benefits
- Brought in $22 million in welfare benefit reimbursements through collections activities
- Filed 833 criminal complaints that charged defendants with welfare fraud for unlawfully obtaining benefits and identified $3.7 million in restitution owed the commonwealth.
Among the listings of “significant cases” in the report are a recipient who fraudulently received $149,112 in SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program) and Medical Assistance, as well as a household that fraudulently received over $80,000 in subsidized child care benefits.