Pennsylvania Saves over $25 Million by Cracking Down on Welfare Fraud

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Pennsylvania’s Department of Welfare is getting tough on welfare fraud and state legislators are taking notice. State Senator David Argall, who served as chairman of the Senate’s Government Management and Cost Study Commission last year, recently praised the Department of Welfare’s (DPW) actions to crack down on fraud, according to a TNonline.com report. The DPW identified ”113,000 former beneficiaries who are either ineligible, deceased or have left the state” and removed them from the state’s welfare rolls. (Now that is a huge SCORE!!)

According to the article, Pennsylvania will save $25.1 million by closing these cases. (Now this is cleaning up the gravy train.? Argall stated? ”’With state government receiving less from over-burdened taxpayers, and a budget that cut welfare spending by $400 million, I am pleased to see Secretary Alexander and his team take swift action to remove people who are robbing this state through welfare fraud and abuse.”? (Kudos to Secretary Alexander and team.? He added, ”’This department is finally moving in the right direction and I will continue to offer solutions to help hard-earned tax dollars.”? (Fabulous? Catching fraud and listening to taxpayers. This is the best state-level program that I’ve seen!)

Source: Today’s ”Fraud of the Day” is based on an article entitled, ”Argall applauds DPW’s efforts to reduce welfare fraud,” by Times News staff, published by TNonline.com, October 28, 2011.

Sen. David G. Argall (R-29) Thursday praised the Pennsylvania Department of Public Welfare for identifying and removing 113,000 former beneficiaries who are either ineligible, deceased or have left the state.

Closing these 113,000 cases is estimated to save taxpayers $25.1 million. Argall, who served as Chairman of last year’s Senate Government Management and Cost Study Commission, applauded the efforts of the new leadership at the helm of DPW.

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