Broadside: DTA's troubling audit

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May 29, 2013, 7:28 pm
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(NECN) - A new audit highlights abuses in the so-called Department of Transitional Assistance.

The audit points to 1,164 instances in which benefits were paid to people who were dead.

The audit also found that the DTA failed to follow-up on reports of $15 million in potentially fraudulent EBT activity. EBT cards are used to pay for food.

Suzanne Bump is the official who made the discoveries.

"The receipt of benefits by 'dead people' are is not unknown across the country. Other states have had similar problems. There can sometimes be reasons of clerical error involved in it, and frankly I don't know if we are really out of the mainstream in terms of the numbers," she says.

Watch the attached video for the complete interview.

Tags: massachusetts, Suzanne Bump, Department of Transitional Assistance, MA Department of Transitional Assistance audit, MA welfare audit
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