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NCJ Number: 64384 Find in a Library
Title: CALIFORNIA - WELFARE FRAUD CONTROLS - PUBLIC HEARING HELD AT LOS ANGELES, CA ON DECEMBER 8, 1975
Author(s): ANON
Corporate Author: California Assembly
Cmtte on Human Resources
United States of America
Date Published: 1975
Page Count: 170
Sponsoring Agency: California Assembly
Sacramento, CA 95814
National Technical Information Service
Springfield, VA 22151
Sale Source: National Technical Information Service
US Dept of Commerce
5285 Port Royal Road
Springfield, VA 22151
United States of America
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: THE HUMAN RESOURCES COMMITTEE OF THE CALIFORNIA STATE ASSEMBLY HEARD TESTIMONY ON PROBLEMS WITH WELFARE FRAUD CONTROLS AT A PUBLIC HEARING HELD IN LOS ANGELES ON DECEMBER 8, 1975.
Abstract: IN RESPONSE TO A PARTICULARLY SIGNIFICANT FRAUD CASE IN WHICH A WOMAN USED FIVE DIFFERENT IDENTITIES TO RECEIVE FIVE DIFFERENT WELFARE CHECKS, THE COMMITTEE BEGAN TO INVESTIGATE THE EXTENT OF WELFARE FRAUD IN CALIFORNIA. DESPITE MAJOR EFFORTS TO CONTROL FRAUD, SEVERAL CONTROL PROBLEMS STILL PERSIST. NO METHOD EXISTS FOR CHECKING DUPLICATE AID CASES BETWEEN COUNTIES IN THE STATE OF CALIFORNIA OR FOR DETECTING, IN A SYSTEMATIC WAY, MULTIPLE CASE OPENINGS FOR THE SAME FAMILY OR INDIVIDUAL IN THE SAME COUNTY. ALSO, THERE REMAINS A HIGH LOSS OF WELFARE BENEFITS DUE TO MAIL THEFT AND AN EXCESSIVE BACKLOG OF SUSPECTED FRAUD CASES WHICH ARE PENDING INVESTIGATION. TESTIMONY TO THE COMMITTEE REVEALED THAT ONE FOOLPROOF METHOD FOR DETECTING MULTIPLE CASE OPENINGS IS A FINGERPRINT IDENTIFICATION SYSTEM WHICH USES A COMPUTER IDENTIFICATION CROSS-CHECK. THIS SYSTEM WOULD COST ABOUT $3 MILLION ANNUALLY, A FACT THAT RAISES THE QUESTION OF COST EFFECTIVENESS. ABOUT 50 PERCENT OF ALL FRAUD INVOLVES THE CLIENT'S FAILURE TO REPORT OUTSIDE INCOME. THE INADEQUACY OF AFDC (AID TO FAMILIES WITH DEPENDENT CHILDREN) PAYMENTS IS OFFERED AS ONE EXPLANATION FOR THIS FAILURE. ONE POSITIVE APPROACH TO FRAUD REDUCTION WOULD BE IMPROVED COORDINATION AND IMPLEMENTATION OF SELF-HELP PROGRAMS TO REDUCE NEED FOR PUBLIC ASSISTANCE. TESTIMONY ALSO EMPHASIZES THAT FRAUD PREVENTION THROUGH IMPROVED COMMUNICATION BETWEEN RECIPIENT AND WELFARE AGENCY IS BETTER THAN RELIANCE ON FRAUD DETECTION METHODS IN SOME CASES. STATEMENTS AND TESTIMONY WERE GIVEN BY PERSONNEL FROM VARIOUS CALIFORNIA STATE AND COUNTY SOCIAL WELFARE AGENCIES. (PRG)
Index Term(s): Audiovisual aids; California; False impersonation; Fraud; Income maintenance programs; Program abuse; Welfare services
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