Monday, December 28, 2009

Data mining finds huge Welfare Fraud in Los Angeles

Experts estimate as much as $300 billion a year is lost to health and welfare fraud in the United States - about half of it to organized crime.

In 2007, the county's civil grand jury estimated child-care fraud costs county taxpayers $500 million annually. Last year, the civil grand jury found "scam artists" were "embedded" inside DPSS' IHSS program, which provides in-home care to elderly and disabled people.

"Welfare fraud is a huge problem in Los Angeles County," said Patrick Sequeira, the assistant head deputy in the district attorney's Welfare Fraud Division.