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State Audit: 1,164 Dead People Received Welfare Benefits

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BOSTON (CBS) – More than 1,000 dead people received welfare benefits in Massachusetts recently, according to a new report from the state auditor.

Related: I-Team: State Crackdown On Welfare Fraud

The audit of the Department of Transitional Assistance (DTA) released Tuesday “identified 1,164 cases where recipients continued to receive a total of $2.39 million in benefits from six to 27 months after they were reported to be deceased.”

The report also noted that in “a majority of sampled cases, store purchases and ATM transactions were made after the recipients’ dates of death, suggesting that unauthorized persons were using public benefits.”

The welfare agency was also criticized for weak security with blank Electronic Benefit Cards (EBT cards).

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