The Office of State Inspector General (OSIG) filed welfare fraud charges against 45 individuals during the month of November 2019. The restitution owed to the commonwealth in these cases totals $211,274.32. Additional cost savings will be realized as the defendants will be temporarily disqualified from receiving public benefits in the programs they allegedly defrauded.
“The Office of State Inspector General works hard to ensure that only eligible citizens receive public assistance,” said State Inspector General Bruce R. Beemer. “We play an important role in Pennsylvania’s social safety net, working with law enforcement partners across the commonwealth to safeguard the public’s trust in these vital programs.”