Dead people and terrorists cash in big on Mass. taxpayers

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Besides giving welfare to terrorists, blue state Massachusetts has paid millions in state benefits to dead people.

A new audit showed over 1,100 dead people received millions of dollars over the course of several years, news that has both Republicans and Democrats fuming, the Boston Herald reported.

Surprisingly, Democrats have called on the Department of Transitional Assistance “to get out of the Stone Age and into the computer age,” after the results of the audit were made known.

The audit also showed other waste and abuse in the DTA:

State Auditor Suzanne M. Bump also reported that welfare recipients were cashing out their EBT cards in one day, using two Social Security numbers to double up on payouts and seeking replacement cards at alarming rates.

According to the Herald, lawmakers on both sides of the aisle are now calling for changes and new reforms.

The DTA came under scrutiny after reports showed Boston Marathon terrorist Tamerlan Tsarnaev and other family members had received welfare benefits.

The Herald reported other findings from the audit:

Nearly $2.4 million in benefits were paid to people who had been dead for anywhere from six to 27 months.

$120,000 was paid out to 42 of the departed, benefits that “began after the recipients’ date of death.”

More than $27 million in benefits were accessed out of state in a six-month period, including $4.5 million in such far-flung states as Florida, the Virgin Islands and Hawaii. Top cities where public money was drawn via EBT cards included Orlando, Myrtle Beach and Las Vegas.

Over a six-year period ending in 2012, DTA reissued more than 147,000 replacement cards to 9,846 people, an average of 14 per person. Among those, 358 people were issued 30 or more cards, and one was issued 127.

In fiscal year 2012 alone, 42 percent of all the 859,000 active cards were reissued.

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