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IG finds welfare system may be squandering $25m in benefits

A Massachusetts watchdog agency’s study of information submitted to the state by welfare recipients found errors and eligibility concerns with an ­average annual cost to taxpayers of about $25 million per year.

According to Inspector General Glenn Cunha’s report, dated Wednesday and posted on his website, investigators discovered potential eligibility concerns that could result in termination of benefits in about 9 percent of the households receiving benefits under the program known as Transitional Aid to Families with Dependent Children. The program is designed to provide assistance to the poorest residents of Massachusetts.

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