Two big time lottery winners are facing arraignment on fraud charges Thursday after the state auditor found that they collected welfare benefits during the same period that they won hundreds of thousands of dollars from the lottery.
James T. Casey Jr. of Waltham did not tell welfare officials that he has won more than $700,000 since 2009, Auditor Suzanne Bump found, a period in which Caset has collected $12,157 in MassHealth benefits and $1,553 in food stamps. Casey, who had just been released from jail when he started collecting welfare, was recently indicted on child sexual abuse charges in Middlesex Superior Court.
Also facing charges is Frank Basile of Belmont, who collected MassHealth benefits despite having cashed in more than $316,000 in winning lottery tickets over four years.
“What we’re looking at is people who consistently fail to report significant lottery winnings in order to claim a public benefit to which they are not entitled,” said Bump, whose office is investigating about a dozen other lottery winners for possible fraud.
Casey could not be reached for comment. But Basile, who received $17,500 in MassHealth benefits over four years, called the charges “a mistake.” He said he was not planning to attend his arraignment.
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