Dead Rake in Fortune in Welfare Payments in Massachusetts
No wonder the dead are such a dependable voting block for Democrats. Look what they get in return for their loyalty:
A state audit has revealed that Massachusetts has given out $18 million in “questionable public assistance benefits” in recent years, in cases that included the distribution of benefits to more than 1,160 people who were either dead or using the Social Security number of a deceased person.
In some cases, recipients began receiving benefits for the first time after their deaths.
The audit, issued Tuesday, covered cash, food stamps, and other benefits intended for low-income families, and found millions of dollars in irregular benefits…
In 1,164 cases, deceased recipients continued to receive a total of $2.39 million in benefits up to 27 months after they had been reported dead. …
Additionally, State Auditor Suzanne Bump found suspicious transitions on electronic benefit cards amounting to $15 million, including almost $5 million in which all food benefits had been withdrawn at once. Meanwhile, five regional offices could not provide documentation for more than 30,000 EBT cards.
You can do a lot of shopping with 30,000 free money cards.
The damning audit comes on the back of the resignation in February of the then director of the DTA, Daniel J. Curley, after it was reported that the agency failed to verify eligibility of recipients, which could have cost the state $25 million a year in unwarranted payments.
What does anyone expect? Coercive wealth redistribution is inherently corrupt, just as the bureaurats overseeing it are inherently incompetent. Not that they care whether recipients are truly needy or not. Welfare is a transaction: other people’s money in exchange for votes. Not all the moochers will vote, but you can be sure virtually none of them will vote Republican and put a premature end to their ride on the gravy train.
Eat, drink, and be merry, welfare cheats, for tomorrow this whole farcical system collapses into insolvency. No looting spree lasts forever.
On tips from Dr. 9, Clingtomyguns, Son of Taz. Cross-posted at Moonbattery.