State auditor: More than $8 million in public benefit fraud identified last year

Boston Herald 

The state Auditor's Bureau of Special Investigations found 490 cases totaling $8.16 million in public assistance fraud in the last year, according to a report released Thursday. Hampden County, home of Springfield, had 241 cases of fraud, more than any other county, State Auditor Suzanne Bump said. Statewide, the average amount of fraud per case was $16,938.67. "In Massachusetts, we recognize the value of a strong social safety net to help people put food on the table, access medical care and more. While fraud makes up a small portion of total public assistance spending, it has a disproportionate negative impact on public trust in these programs," Bump said in a statement.

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