Penn. Officials Save $87M by Investigating Welfare Applications

By Eric Scheiner | February 19, 2016 | 4:44pm EST

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.

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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.

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