• State House News Service: 53 targeted in in alleged food stamp fraud

    April 20, 2012 - The following content was originally created by the State House News Service and published by the Eagle-Tribune

    Fifty-three people were targeted as part of widespread investigation involving city, state and federal law enforcement agencies that resulted in the raid of a Quincy convenience store and several downtown Boston businesses, officials said.

    "We know that there has been food stamp fraud and an uptick in food stamp fraud. It's a trend that's literally sweeping the nation," Bump told reporters, adding, "This is a complete tragedy and works to the detriment of all that are deserving, some now more than ever."

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  • MetroWest Daily News: State auditor attends Marlborough’s annual senior conference

    April 20, 2012The following content was originally published by the MetroWest Daily News

    Just a few miles from the headquarters of Evergreen Solar, which declared bankruptcy after accepting tens of millions of dollars in tax breaks and subsidies, state Auditor Suzanne Bump said yesterday that a commission will release recommendations next week to bring more accountability to tax-break programs.

    Speaking at the 32nd annual senior conference at Assabet Valley Regional Technical High School, Bump said the review of tax incentives is one way her office aims to protect taxpayer dollars.

    During the conference, hosted by state Sen. Jamie Eldridge, D-Acton, Bump said her office had reviewed about $2 billion worth of existing tax incentives. About half of those, she said, lacked certain identified attributes such as proper transparency or accountability.

    Many of them, she said, lacked an explicit purpose and several were without “clawback” provisions, or stipulations allowing the state to recoup cash if a business or entity reneges on their end of the tax break or credit agreement.

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  • Boston Herald: Suzanne Bump sends a message to nonprofits

    April 19, 2012 - The following content was originally published by the Boston Herald.

    State Auditor Suzanne Bump unleashed a warning broadside at nonprofits that abuse taxpayer funds, after the state yanked $1.7 million in taxpayer funded disabled-services contracts from an embattled Charlestown agency where auditors say executives ran up bills at restaurants, liquor stores and Disney World.

    We will make an example of people who are not playing by the rules, said Bump, who plans to audit a slew of both nonprofit and for-profit state vendors this year. You follow the rules, you'll have no problem with me. But if you break the rules, there are consequences.

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  • Announcement: Selection Process Begins for New Inspector General

    April 12, 2012

    Governor Deval Patrick, Attorney General Martha Coakley and Auditor Suzanne Bump today announced the process they will follow to select a successor to Inspector General Gregory Sullivan, whose term expires on August 2, 2012. The Governor, Attorney General and Auditor are statutorily charged with selecting, by majority vote, an Inspector General for a term of five years. The need to select a new Inspector General arises because Mr. Sullivan is concluding his second five year term, the maximum term allowed under the General Laws.

    The Office of the Inspector General was established in 1980 in order to promote and uphold a standard of integrity for the Commonwealth. The mission of the Office is to prevent and detect fraud, waste and abuse in the expenditure of public funds. The Office conducts investigations and management reviews, analyzes legislation and regulations, and provides technical assistance to governmental entities. The Office has a Fiscal Year 2012 spending level of $2.8 million and approximately 40 employees.

    Candidates for Inspector General must possess unquestionable integrity and demonstrated ability in one or more of the following areas – accounting, auditing, financial analysis, law, management analysis, public administration, investigation and criminal justice administration.

    Classified advertisements will be placed in the Commonwealth’s major daily newspapers and posted with national organizations to help identify qualified candidates. Interested applicants must submit a resume and application postmarked no later than May 11, 2012 to each appointing authority.

    Inquiries should be directed to Edward Bedrosian, First Assistant Attorney General (617) 727-2200.

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