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Adrian Walker

A live problem in Mass. welfare system

The crucial finding is as ­salacious as it is out­rageous.

A report released Tuesday by the office of State Auditor Suzanne Bump claimed it had identified 1,164 welfare recipients who were — brace yourself — dead. In these cases, a total of $2.39 million in state benefits had been fraudulently pocketed by someone else. Most of it, presumably, had gone to relatives of the ­departed or others who had managed to gain access to their personal information.

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