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Dead in Mass. got millions in welfare, report says

State audit finds abuses of system

Massachusetts gave millions of dollars in questionable public assis­tance to people who were listed as dead, used multiple Social Security numbers to boost their payments, or apparently sold their benefit cards for cash over the past few years, according to a state ­audit released Tuesday.

The report by State Auditor ­Suzanne Bump is the latest study finding that the state did not do nearly enough to ensure that welfare benefits went only to qualified recipients. The head of the agency that administers the aid quit in January after another scathing ­report from the inspector general.

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