The welfare system in the United States, as well as many other developed nations around the world, is in place to help those who are unable to work, or experiencing financial hardships for reasons beyond their control. Welfare has always been an extremely controversial issue, and one of the biggest arguments that opponents of the welfare system make is that the system is too easy for people governess to take advantage of. No matter what your opinion on the welfare system in general is, it’s easy to see why these complaints are being made. The fact is that welfare fraud is an all too common occurrence. Anytime there is easy money to be had, you can expect scammers and con-artists to try and exploit the system. It’s a constant battle between criminals and the Governments of the world. The real victims of these crimes are the tax paying citizens, as well as the people who really do need the Government assistance. So how are these crimes occurring, and what can we do to prevent them?
Common Types Of Welfare Fraud
* Unreported Income: By and far the most common form of welfare fraud. The criminal collects a welfare check, and also receives income from other sources that they don’t report to the Government. The income may come from working “under the table”, from illegal activities such as drug sales, or any number of other sources.
* Absent Parent In The Home: Another very common form of welfare fraud. This is when an individual applies for welfare as a single parent, when the other parent does in fact live in the home.
* Ineligible Child Or Children: This type of welfare fraud occurs when a parent reports children who aren’t in their custody, don’t live in the home, or in some cases, don’t even exist.
* False Aliases: Some people take extreme measures, going as far as creating false identities in order to make one or even multiple welfare claims.