Florida bill would set hard prison time for welfare fraudsters
Florida welfare fraudsters beware. A bipartisan legislative effort designed to clobber public assistance abuse may soon send welfare perps to prison for a long time.
Ripping off Medicaid, food stamps or taxpayer-funded cash assistance programs for more than $100,000 could mean 30 years in prison, the sentencing equivalent of seriously hurting a law officer.
It's really sad that it has to come down to this, it really is. What's worse, when you think about it, is that there is an entire system that is failing - aren't there all kinds of case workers that help folks get on assistance? Isn't there, like, an entire government agency whose sole task is the disbursement of so-called assistance programs?
Why, then, are such draconian measures needed? Doesn't that make you wonder? Doesn't it make you think that there are a whole bunch of government workers - that get paid decent money, with health care and pensions - who simply are not doing their jobs? I mean, I've blogged about some of the cases of fraud, and we're not talking about Moriarity levels of criminal acumen here. We're talking about dozens of names at a single address that could be ferreted out by some old-fashioned detective work.
Or, you know, sorting an Excel file, 1995-style...
That is all.