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I-Team: Rhode Island Man Held on Welfare Fraud Charges

I-Team: Rhode Island Man Held on Welfare Fraud Charges


STATION AND DRIVERS HAD NO IDEA IT WAS THERE. AN EMPLOYEE REALIZED THAT SOMEONE TAMPERED WITH THE PUMP. A RHODE ISLAND MAN IS ACCUSED OF RIPPING OFF MASSACHUSETTS TAXPAYERS TO GET WELFARE BENEFITS. AND IT ALL STARTED WITH A TIP TO THE I TEAM AFTER A MAN RECEIVED MYSTERIOUS MAIL. Reporter: HE STEPPED BEFORE A JUDGE, FACING CHARGES OF WELFARE FRAUD. THE I TEAM CAUGHT UP TO HIM LAST YEAR ACROSS THE STATE LINE. Reporter: WE’RE TRYING TO FIGURE OUT WHY YOU’RE TRYING TO GET BENEFITS IN MASSACHUSETTS. I’M TRYING TO GET BENEFITS? Reporter: HE ACTED DUMBFOUNDED. MAILING ME CHECKS? I’D LIKE TO SEE THESE CHECKS. WHAT ARE YOU TALKING ABOUT? I’M NOT GETTING ANY CHECKS. Reporter: ACCORDING TO INVESTIGATORS, HE RECEIVED $54,000 IN FRAUDULENT BENEFITS. STEVE GAINER STARTED RECEIVING THE MYSTERIOUS MAIL. WHEN HE TRIED ALERTING THE GOVERNMENT. HE SAID NO ONE WOULD LISTEN. I’M THANKFUL FOR YOU GUYS FOR HELPING, BUT IT SHOULDN’T HAVE TO COME TO THAT. YOU’RE NOT JUST STEALING FROM THE GOVERNMENT. YOU’RE STEALING FROM PEOPLE WHO NEED IT. Reporter: HOW CONCERNING IS THAT TO YOU? TO ME AND TO ALL THE TAXPAYERS. Reporter: SHE THINKS RECENT REFORMS DON’T GO FAR ENOUGH TO PREVENT THE PROBLEM. THE LANGUAGE HAS BEEN A LITTLE BIT SLOPPY AND CREATED LOOPHOLES AND ALLOWED PEOPLE TO GET AWAY WITH THINGS. Reporter: AND HE’S GLAD HE REMAINED PERSISTENT. I WOULD LIKE TO SAY, I GOT MINE, YOU GET THE REST OF THEM. Reporter: THE CASE WAS REFERRED TO THE STATE AUDITOR’S OFFICE. AND THE AUDITOR IS PROPOSING A

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