More Than 5 Dozen Arrested in Rhode Island Welfare Fraud Investigation

The individuals arrested in the investigation reportedly failed to disclose felony warrants, which would have made them ineligible for the benefits

More than five dozen people were reportedly arrested Thursday following a massive investigation out of Rhode Island for welfare fraud.

WJAR reports 62 people were arrested and warrants have been issued for 26 people who collected about $469,000 in public assistance.

State police said the individuals failed to disclose outstanding felony warrants when they applied for welfare, which would have made them ineligible for the benefits.

The outstanding warrants ranged from shoplifting to attempted murder, according to WJAR. The suspects’ age range is from 22 to 79.

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