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Mass. considers charges after welfare audit

Massachusetts officials are investigating whether to pursue criminal or civil charges against hundreds of people identified in a new state audit who may have fraudulently collected welfare or illegally sold food benefits for cash.

The report Tuesday by state Auditor Suzanne Bump found $18 million in suspicious welfare payments, including money sent to more than 1,160 ­recipients listed as dead, and signs that some participants may have sold their electronic benefit cards, which is illegal.

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