For Immediate Release - June 09, 2011

State Auditor Investigations of Public Assistance Fraud ID $1.2 Million for Recovery

(Boston, MA)-In a quarterly progress report issued today, State Auditor Suzanne M. Bump said examiners with the office’s Bureau of Special Investigations (BSI) found evidence of $1.2 million in fraudulently obtained public assistance benefits and services.

Auditor Bump said BSI examiners closed 610 investigations, identifying 121 cases of illegal activity in MassHealth and Department of Transitional Assistance programs during the first three months of the year.

“Our examiners serve one of the most important functions of the State Auditor’s Office to protect public assistance programs from fraud and recover taxpayer dollars from wrongful claimants,” said Auditor Bump. “BSI oversight identifies millions of dollars in fraud every year that can be targeted for recovery.”

“Our examiners serve one of the most important functions of the State Auditor’s Office to protect public assistance programs from fraud and recover taxpayer dollars from wrongful claimants,” said Auditor Bump. “BSI oversight identifies millions of dollars in fraud every year that can be targeted for recovery.”

BSI examiners work with dozens of state agencies and turn over documented illegal activity to the appropriate law enforcement agency for potential criminal prosecution or the appropriate state agency to recoup illegally obtained funds.

BSI examiners work with dozens of state agencies and turn over documented illegal activity to the appropriate law enforcement agency for potential criminal prosecution or the appropriate state agency to recoup illegally obtained funds.

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BSI Report: Bureau of Special Investigations Third Quarter Report – FY2011 pdf format of    BSI Third Quarter Report – FY2011