Welfare fraud

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Welfare fraud is intentional misuse of state welfare systems by withholding information or giving false or inaccurate information.

Examples of welfare fraud[edit]

  • The executive director of the Illinois Legislative Advisory Committee on Public Aid in 1977 claimed that Linda Taylor of Chicago, U.S., used 14 aliases to obtain $150,000 for medical assistance, cash assistance and bonus cash food stamps. He claimed that she went from district to district with many disguises, using more than 100 aliases.[1] She is believed to form the basis of U.S. President Ronald Reagan's "welfare queen", and was sentenced for two to six years.[2]
  • Dorothy Woods, of the U.S., who claimed 38 non-existent children.[3] She was sentenced to eight years' jail.[2]
  • Esther Johnson, of California, U.S., who was sentenced to four years in state prison when accused of "collecting $240,000 for more than 60 fictitious children".[4]
  • Arlene Otis was indicted in Cook County, Illinois for "613 counts of illegally receiving $150,839 in welfare funds between July 1972 and February 1978."[5] She was sentenced to four years' jail.[2]
  • Unnamed woman (60) of the Roma people illegally received in excess of $1,400,000 by deceiving the Norwegian welfare authorities for 23 years. Techniques used were claiming for 17 fictitious grandchildren, and claiming her son was autistic, nursing him through the age of 13 in meetings with welfare workers. Court case pending (Oct 2009).[6]
  • In 2010, a Tokyo family was suspected of fraud after claiming pensions for a man for 30 years after his alleged death. His 'skeletal remains' were found still in the family home.[7]

Prevalence of welfare fraud[edit]

The US Department of Labor reported that 1.9% total UI payments for 2001 was attributable to fraud or abuse within the UI program.[8] The Los Angeles Times reported in 2010 that twenty-four percent of new welfare applications in San Diego County contain some form of fraud which was determined to in fact include all forms of inaccuracy rather than just fraud.[9]

According to the U.S. Department of Labor statistics website, based on the 2012 IPIA 3-Year average data report, fraud was prevalent in 2.67% of cases. [10] XML and XLS Unemployment Insurance data sheets released yearly available at: www.dol.gov/dol/maps/Data.htm

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Associated Press, Mar. 8, 1977, AM cycle, Chicago (available on LEXIS)[verification needed]
  2. ^ a b c Spamlaws.com Welfare fraud examples
  3. ^ "Woman's Aid Claims for 38 children Are Examined". The New York Times. December 21, 1980. p. 31. 
  4. ^ Associated Press, June 13, 1979, AM cycle, Compton, CA (available on LEXIS)[verification needed]
  5. ^ "Woman Faces 613 Counts Of Welfare Fraud". Observer-Reporter. Associated Press. May 9, 1978. 
  6. ^ "Seksbarnsmor i tidenes trygdesvindel - VG Nett". Vg.no. 2008-10-13. Retrieved 2012-03-14. 
  7. ^ "Tokyo's 'oldest man' had been dead for 30 years". BBC News. 2010-07-29. Retrieved 15 January 2013. 
  8. ^ "Committee on Ways and Means, Subcommittee on Human Resources, 6-11-02 Testimony". Waysandmeans.house.gov. Retrieved 2012-03-14. 
  9. ^ "Fact Check: The Frequency of Welfare Fraud - voiceofsandiego.org: San Diego Fact Check". voiceofsandiego.org. 2010-11-10. Retrieved 2012-03-14. 
  10. ^ "Unemployment Insurance (UI) Improper Payments By State". Retrieved 2013-09-12.