Targeting Welfare Fraud In OK

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Updated: 9/16/2010 8:06 pm Published: 9/16/2010 5:34 pm

It's a hot button issue and it affects your money.  3,421 people were found cheating the welfare system in our state last year.

Welfare fraud is illegal according to employees with the DHS Office of Inspector General. They say last year more than 150 people were prosecuted in our state for welfare fraud. Employees say it's a problem that isn't getting any better.

Many are cheating services such as food stamps, subsidized daycare, temporary assistance for needy families, even medicaid. The penalties for welfare fraud include a minimum $500 fine and up to 10 years in prison.

You can call and report suspected welfare fraud, that number is 1-800-784-5887.

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kateghopper - 10/8/2011 2:45 PM
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truckhound-you are so right. My husbands ex moved her and her children in with a METH DEALER and her fiancee- and man that had tried to rape a 12 year old little girl. DHS said that there was nothing wrong with the situation. And when my husband tried to get custody in Adair county the judge told our lawyer she would give him standard visitation-and if he made her listen to a custody hearing he wouldn't get that much. And during the whole thing, she has been lying to DHS, and admits it. Listen, can you please read this petition I started to OKDHS? I need support of people like you, FATHERS like you DHS likes to constantly screw around with.

smartassgirl - 9/23/2010 6:14 PM
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this is for watchdog1 who thinks that only blacks and mexicans use food stamps white people use it too i have seen it first hand.In state insurance such as soonercare/medicaid SO THAT THEY DON'T HAVE TO PAY FOR INSURANCE.There kids go to private schools but yet they use state insurance. Another example all i see is young WHITE females who are using soonercare so if they are using soonercare they are getting FOODSTAMPS

watchdog1 - 9/21/2010 8:01 PM
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truckhounddog, don't know your whole story, but you sound distressed that your son is in a bad situation, I'm sure you realize the money is much less important than your son, even though I know that is a sizeable amount with the economy like it is, but as for the inaction of DHS, that is very common here, the child can be living in sewage, abused and in the supposed care of three meth addicts who are convicted felons and still DHS will return the kid to the bad parent. It is no mystery why so many of our kids here become drug addled criminals who grow up to live off the system, they are being trained by these deplorable parents who shouldn't be allowed to adopt a dog from the SPCA, much less care for kids, but the less work these government employees have to do the better.

truckhounddog - 9/18/2010 5:38 PM
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not to change the subject but one part of the dhs offices can be closed and not missed me and the x split she left we had a son together at the age of 2 d.h.s took him away from her and put him in foster care when i was contacted i immediatly did what dhs said i neede to do to get custody after i did everthing they wanted me to they give him back to her now at the age of 14 he lives in a house with 6 dogs trash everywhere smells like sewage in the house and dhs wont do anything to help but i still have to pay her 600 a month in child support theres more to this story and the only thing i can get them to tell me is its not there department to do anything but collect the monthly child support i love my son but try to be a father in oklahoma and get your son u gotta better chance of winning the lottery

notagain - 9/18/2010 10:48 AM
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DHS could eliminate some of the fraud just by talking to EACH OTHER and checking their OWN records. I know someone who was getting foodstamps for 3 kids,one hadn't lived with her for 2 years and there were court records showing the child was in the custody of a relative. The other two were removed by DHS due to NEGLECT and she still continued to receive food stamps! After being reported, she was cut off but not prosecuted even tho she has a felony record and is on probation...and didn't have to pay anything back!

watchdog1 - 9/17/2010 7:56 AM
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Sorry if any of you are Democrats, but the truth is, the Democrats have always understood it was necessary to keep a huge portion of the population in a welfare state to assure a huge number of voters to keep them in office, traditionally it has always been blacks. If you are depending on the government to support you, you are going to keep the party in office who will be willing to do that. The system is a total failure, if you go down to DHS and watch the healthy young blacks, men and women in their early 20s, go in there wearing gold jewelry, expensive clothes and shoes,cell phone in their ear, working the system, it will make you sick, and to be fair,it isn't ONLY blacks, quite a few are Latino, although the majority are still black.

esposadenacho - 9/16/2010 10:09 PM
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Psh. These numbers are too low, just like the reported illegal drug use users. I'm broke enough as it is without having to bust my back to take care of these lazy azzes!

stingray - 9/16/2010 9:05 PM
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Slim jim I agree with you. We have to take drug tests to get jobs, Why not for public assistance? I wouldn't buy a drunk a drink,OR a doper more drugs.

slimjim - 9/16/2010 8:34 PM
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Do these case workers not investigate and confirm the information provided in the application when these people apply? It sounds like they just start writing checks. I would also STRONGLY suggest it be mandatory for each of these applicants to be given and PASS a drug and alcohol test before even being considered for ANY welfare program. I would also STRONGLY suggest that ILLEGALS be disqualified from receiving ANY WELFARE OR SOCIAL BENEFITS. They are breaking the law, and should be considered criminals, and therefore disqualified. I certainly hope people wake up and report any known offenders, and I certainly hope the authorities crack down and prosecute them. This gravy train of freebies for these cheaters hurt those who are worthy of help. I am outraged when I see someone who used food stamps to buy items, drive away in a late model car with a cigarette hanging out of their mouth. I have seen people pay for food items with food vouchers, and then pay for their beer, cigarettes, and dog food with cash. This makes absolutely no sense, except to illustrate just how flawed the welfare system is.
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