Judicial Watch • Fraud-Infested Welfare Program Gets Another $1.7 Bil

Fraud-Infested Welfare Program Gets Another $1.7 Bil

Fraud-Infested Welfare Program Gets Another $1.7 Bil

NOVEMBER 02, 2011

In a perplexing waste of taxpayer funds, the Obama Administration has injected $1.7 billion into a fraud-infested welfare program rife with corruption that’s routinely exposed in congressional probes and the media.

Even for an administration that specializes in doling out record amounts of public assistance, it’s a senseless allocation that deserves scrutiny. This is especially true because just a few months ago, the scandal-plagued program that gives needy residents cash to pay heating and cooling bills got $311 million from the administration.

Each year the Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) gets billions from the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). The agency distributes the money because the government considers home energy a public health issue. LIHEAP could help keep families safe and healthy, according to HHS. In fact, the agency encourages people to apply by saying: “If you can’t afford to pay your home energy bill, your home may not be safe and you may be at risk of serious illness or injury,”

Prior to this latest allocation of $1.7 billion, LIHEAP had already received $4.2 billion this fiscal year. The money helps needy families get “basic essentials” to sustain a “healthy and quality standard of living,” according to Obama’s Health Secretary, Kathleen Sebelius. She says the assistance will help “burdened” families who are forced to make “difficult financial decisions” relating to their home energy needs.

Instead the government has paid the air conditioning bills for thousands of dead people, convicted felons and federal employees whose salary exceeds the maximum income to qualify for the handouts. In fact, one federal employee admitted requesting “free money” after seeing the “long lines” of applicants. You can’t make this stuff up. The details are included in a congressional report documenting fraud in LIHEAP. Investigators blame lack of oversight for the problems.

Yet the administration keeps pouring money into it. Sebelius says it will “offset seasonal energy costs” so that low-income families can have more opportunities to “use their money for other necessities” such as food or medicine. As a side note, the Obama Administration is also promoting food stamps like there’s no tomorrow and it’s safe to bet the LIHEAP recipients are among those getting free food from Uncle Sam as well.

 

 

 

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  • ahallandreah63

    This is ATROCIOUS. The LIHEAP should be screening the recipients of this program more thorough then they do, (no one will lie!!!) and the workers. I for one am sick and tired of seeing all the “leaches” that are on all the public assistance programs, and driving around in brand new cars,wearing name brand cloths and sneakers,and eating out every night, while law abiding, tax paying, working citizens can not make ends meet and CAN NOT GET ANY HELP America/Americans need to wake up and smell the coffee and STOP giving out all the” hand outs”, and STOP making it so easy to get on these programs. People need to be made to work for their benefits (washing state building windows,picking up trash ,etc) in stead of just sitting on their butts waiting for the next “pay day .All of these “programs” were suppose to be a helping hand NOT a way of life for them and their generations that follow.