The Associated Press

Mass. Welfare Chief Steps Down After Waste Reports

BOSTON — The chief of the state’s welfare system has resigned in the wake of a report that found widespread waste and the distribution of millions of dollars to people not eligible for benefits.

An internal report found that nearly 3,100 out of 47,000 families receiving taxpayer-funded benefits and contacted through a voter registration mailer were unaccounted for. Their accounts are being closed.

The department also said it overpaid federal food stamp recipients by almost $28 million since 2010.

The inspector general found the Department of Transitional Assistance handed out about $25 million in benefits to people with unconfirmed eligibility.

The Boston Herald reports that Health and Human Services Secretary John Polanowicz asked for and received the resignation of Department of Transitional Assistance Commissioner Daniel Curley on Thursday.

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  • Hard-hearted Hanna

    May we see a new trend in accountability for abusing the welfare system, so that those that truly need help are not found wanting. We should afford to direct some of that $25 million to a team of auditors verifying these applications for assistance.

  • missy partin

    now thats what i call waste and theirs people out there starving

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