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SOURCE Pennsylvania Office of Inspector General
HARRISBURG, Pa., Feb. 22, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Eighteen Pennsylvania residents pleaded guilty to welfare fraud and/or were sentenced for their crimes during January, the Office of Inspector General (OIG) announced today.
"Only citizens who honestly qualify for benefits should receive them," Inspector General Kenya Mann Faulkner said. "Last month, 18 individuals were convicted of wrongly accepting more than $101,000; money that could have been used to help others who truly need assistance.''
"The Office of Inspector General will not tolerate acts of misrepresentation that defraud public assistance programs," Mann Faulkner added.
The following individuals were prosecuted and sentenced for fraudulently receiving public assistance benefits:
The Office of Inspector General's Bureau of Fraud Prevention and Prosecution is responsible for investigating welfare fraud and conducting collection activities for programs administered by, or contracted through, the Department of Public Welfare.
The Office of Inspector General works with county assistance offices statewide to identify suspected cases of public assistance fraud and with local district attorneys to bring the cases to prosecution.
Anyone found guilty of welfare fraud could face a maximum sentence of seven years in prison, fines up to $15,000, mandatory restitution, and program disqualification.
The Office of Inspector General also relies on tips from concerned citizens. To report suspected fraud, call the Welfare Fraud Tipline at 1-800-932-0582. Callers may remain anonymous.
Visit the Pennsylvania Office of Inspector General online at www.oig.state.pa.us.
Media contact: James H. Timko, 717-787-6835
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