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

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.
For immediate release:
6/09/2011
  • Office of State Auditor Suzanne M. Bump
  • Bureau of Special Investigations

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Mike Wessler, Communications Director

Boston — 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.

The Bureau of Special Investigations Third Quarter Report for Fiscal Year 2011 is available here.

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Office of State Auditor Suzanne M. Bump 

The Office of State Auditor Suzanne M. Bump (OSA) conducts audits, investigations, and studies to promote accountability and transparency, improve performance, and make government work better.

Bureau of Special Investigations 

The Bureau of Special Investigations strengthens the social safety net in Massachusetts by investigating potential fraud in the state’s public benefit programs.

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