By Bob Katzen
The Bureau of Special Investigations (BSI) in State Auditor’s Diana DiZoglio’s office has uncovered more than $1 million in public benefits fraud from the latest quarter of April through June, with the majority linked to cases involving the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP).
According to DiZoglio’s office, “BSI’s goal is to ensure taxpayer dollars used to fund Massachusetts’ public benefits programs are managed effectively so that programs are available to residents who truly need them.”
The BSI detected fraud in 89 out of 1,552 cases it looked into during the fourth quarter of fiscal 2023 including $843,705 in SNAP; $101,905 in Transitional Aid to Families with Dependent Children Program; $46,049 in the Emergency Aid to the Elderly, Disabled and Children Program; and $22,996 in the Supplemental Security Income Program.
“Our office works to ensure families in need maintain access to services by helping to eliminate waste, fraud and abuse,” said DiZoglio. “As a result of our investigations, fraud cases are referred to relevant agencies for administrative action. Overpayments may then be recovered so tax dollars benefit those truly in need.”