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Ramon Pena, Cristian Pena, Esperanza Ortiz, and Martin Santiago, picture clockwise starting upper left. (Images Credit: Lawrence Police)

Stores Raided, 6 Arrested In $2.5 Million Food Stamp Scam

A food stamp trafficking scam defrauded state and federal cash assistance programs out of $2.5 million, prosecutors say.


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House To Debate $20M Welfare Overhaul Bill

House lawmakers are planning to debate a $20 million welfare overhaul bill.


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Patrick Agrees To Photo ID On Welfare Cards

Gov. Deval Patrick says he will support a requirement that photo identification be placed on Electronic Benefit Transfer Cards used by welfare recipients, but is asking lawmakers to amend the proposal before he signs it.


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New Welfare Rules Target High EBT Card Balances

Welfare recipients who accumulate high balances on their electronic benefit transfer cards will have those cards shut down under new state rules.


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Senate Leaders Unveil Welfare Reform Plan

Senate Democratic leaders unveiled a plan Monday to overhaul the state’s welfare system by moving more recipients off public benefits and into the workforce while reducing the potential for fraud and waste.


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Patrick Questions Accuracy Of State Welfare Audit

Gov. Deval Patrick is questioning the accuracy of a recent audit that found state welfare benefits had been paid to more than 1,100 dead people.


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Officials Dispute Findings Of Mass. Welfare Audit

The Patrick administration is disputing claims by the state auditor that questionable welfare payments were made to more than 1,100 people who were dead or otherwise ineligible to receive payments.


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State Audit: 1,164 Dead People Received Welfare Benefits

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


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Local Police Departments, State Cracking Down On Welfare Fraud

Police in Chelsea have a new tool to fight EBT abuse and crime.


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Patrick, Lawmakers At Odds Over Restrictions On Welfare Cards

A battle is shaping up on Beacon Hill over welfare benefits.