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All over New Jersey people are lying to get free lunches for their children.
Yeah, I know, you're shocked.
In a survey of 15 school districts a state investigation turned up 109 public employees who under-reported their income in order to qualify for free food.
An investigation into New Jersey's school lunch program by the Office of the State Comptroller found "widespread fraud" among district employees and their families, who allegedly lied about their income so their kids could eat for free.
The investigation, which officials said was sparked by a series of reports by The Star-Ledger into similar lunch program abuses in the Elizabeth Board of Education, found false information on lunch program applications submitted from the households of 40 school district employees — as well as six elected school board members in Pleasantville, Newark and Paterson.
Overall, state Comptroller Matthew Boxer said his office was referring for criminal prosecution the names of 109 public employees, their spouses or family members who provided false information about their income on free lunch applications. The total amount of underreported income was $13 million.
"What we learned in this investigation is that because of the way this program is structured, there is minimal oversight, resulting in people frequently lying on program applications about income amounts," said Boxer. "In short the free lunch program has been compromised by widespread fraud."
Wow. Widespread fraud in an entitlement program! Who'da thunk it?
And this was only an investigation into school employees; I can imagine the fraud rate among the rest of our population is equally appalling. The districts presumably know how much their own people earn, and yet they didn't bother to cross-check the free lunch applications. You can bet they're not checking applications from anybody else either.
Now, where did I just read about another subsidy program where people were going to certify their family income on the honor system? And the feds won't be checking to see if the numbers we submitted were correct?
Oh, right, Obamacare!
lie about that, right?
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