Even if we were able to recover every dollar that was issued to people who committed fraud and/or weren't eligible for the benefits they received, the cost of collecting that money would very likely exceed what was recovered.<quoted text>
yes there is - i have seen it from the inside, and I have seen it on the street and in people's homes.
there are many able-bodied people out there benefiting from public assistance that they do not truly need. who knows the percentage - i personally think it is very high 75%+, but i admit that i could be way off there, but the fact is that even if it is "only" 10% of the people we are losing tons of money.
Looking at it another way - corporate fraud harms our economy far, far more than welfare fraud ever could; yet, I seldom see angry e-mobs of people foaming at the mouth for a chance to have at the wealthy criminals.
I have worked in Human Services for 8+ years, and I seldom see a case where I believe that fraud is truly involved.
Oh, and the most rampant fraud & opportunity for abuse isn't the single mother collecting MFIP. It is the elderly nursing home patient hiding or sheltering assets while Medicaid is picking up the $4000/mo tab for his/her care.