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SOURCE Pennsylvania Office of Inspector General
HARRISBURG, Pa., Dec. 30, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Eighteen Pennsylvania residents recently pleaded guilty to welfare fraud and/or were sentenced for their crimes, the Office of Inspector General (OIG) announced today.
"The Office of Inspector General does not tolerate individuals who deliberately cheat the welfare system," said Inspector General Michael A. Sprow, "Our office works diligently with all district attorneys statewide to eliminate welfare fraud through vigorous prosecution. Public assistance is meant only for those individuals who qualify for these benefits."
The following individuals were prosecuted 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 (DPW).
The Office of Inspector General works with DPW's county assistance offices statewide to identify suspected cases of public assistance fraud and with local district attorneys to bring the cases to prosecution.
Those 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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