Excerpt from a report on welfare fraud (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, August 2014) by the US Government Accountability Office
Welfare fraud is the act of illegally using state welfare systems by knowingly withholding or giving information to have more funds than would otherwise be given. Finding reliable evidence of welfare fraud is notoriously difficult.
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Logo for the Swedish Social Insurance Inspectorate, which supervises the Swedish social insurance system
Seal of the Social Security Administration Office of Inspector General, which investigates welfare fraud
"Water dumping" fraud in Oregon. Large quantities of bottle caps and shrink wrap discarded by the redemption area of a grocery store after they were purchased with food stamps for the purpose of dumping them out to claim container redemption value.
Age profile of benefit morale for different birth cohorts. Respondent's mean share of answer "claiming government benefits to which you are not entitled is never justifiable".