Both state and local governments under both Republican and DemocRAT administrations have always underfunded fraud investigations. ICE/HSI has over 7,000 special agents who are NOT allowed to arrest illegal aliens unless, the state and locals have already arrested them for a crime. Yet the entire Department of Health and Human Services has less than 100 special agents in the entire country investigation billions of dollars in annual fraud.
We are our own worst enemies. There are no free lunches and like him or not, Glenn Beck is correct. The Constitutional erosion that started under Teddy Roosevelt has weakened the foundation of America. A total collapse is imminent. Wake up people, this is just a drop in the bucket. Up to 50% of your tax dollars are funding waste, mismanagement and fraud.
5,000 of those HSI agents should be transferred to IG offices immediately to fight fraud. These transfers have happened many times over the past fifty years. In fact, that is how ICE was created in 2003. But the number one priority of both major parties is to buy your vote, so that they can stay in office and reap the benefits ($) that political power bestows. Like most of our major problems, this can be solved with a very simple solution. TERM LIMITS.
More than $69 million in California welfare money, meant to help the needy pay their rent and clothe their children, has been spent or withdrawn outside the state in recent years, including millions in Las Vegas, hundreds of thousands in Hawaii and thousands on cruise ships sailing from Miami.
State-issued aid cards have been used at hotels, shops, restaurants, ATMs and other places in 49 other states, the U.S. Virgin Islands and Guam, according to data obtained by The Times from the California Department of Social Services. Las Vegas drew $11.8 million of the cash benefits, far more than any other destination. The money was accessed from January 2007 through May 2010.
Round-trip flights from Los Angeles to Honolulu on Orbitz.com Sunday started at $419 — more than 80% of the average monthly cash benefit for a single parent of two on CalWorks, the state's main aid program.
"How they can go somewhere like Hawaii and be legit on aid … they can't," said Robert Hollenbeck, a fraud investigator for the Fresno County district attorney's office. "This is money for basic subsistence needs."
Of the nearly $12 million accessed in Las Vegas, more than $1 million was spent or withdrawn at shops and casino hotels on, or within a few blocks of, the 4.5-mile strip. The list includes $8,968 at the Tropicana, $7,995 at the Venetian and its Grand Canal Shoppes, and $1,332 at Tix 4 Tonight, seller of discount admission for such acts as Cirque du Soleil.
Although many Las Vegas casinos block the use of welfare cards in ATMs on gambling floors, more than $34,700 has been spent or withdrawn from the ATM at a 7-Eleven in the shadow of Steve Wynn's new Encore casino and a couple of blocks south of Circus Circus.
John Haley, commander of the financial crimes division of the San Diego County district attorney's office, has said 24% of all new welfare applications in his jurisdiction contain some form of fraud.