LOS ANGELES (AP) — Nearly $69 million in welfare money meant to help California’s neediest families have been spent or withdrawn at locations such as Hawaii, Las Vegas casinos and cruise ships from Miami.

The finding reported Monday in the Los Angeles Times is based on data compiled since 2007 by the California Department of Social Services.

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Data showed that the biggest chunk of out-of-state money — $11.8 million — was spent at casinos or withdrawn from ATMs in Las Vegas.

The paper said there were also questionable transactions in Hawaii, Miami and Guam.

The investigation showed out-of-state spending on state-issued aid cards was less than 1 percent of the $10.8 billion spent by welfare recipients from January 2007 to May 2010.

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Comments (17)
  1. John Morrison says:

    Can you say fraud? Do we have any politician who will stand up and insist on our laws being enforced? Is it ok to rip off the tax paying citizens due to a lack of interest on the part of our elected officials?

  2. Our Government Sucks says:

    Oh PLEASE keep redistributing my wealth! It is obviously working great. Wlafare just teaches others to get used to NOT working for themselves!! It is supposed to be a SHORT time fix, not a year after year handout. Survival of the fittest.

  3. WIREGUY_BILL says:

    What about the 10.8 billion dollars cash, ($10,800,000,000.00) that was withdrawn from my checking account. It’s no wonder, I’m having trouble making my payments on time. And this is just spending money and has nothing to do with supporting a family!!!!

  4. bolas klippenger says:

    Sweet welfare, sweet america, sweet california, i came from mexico to get children and welfare. Casinos are my best past time. Thank you california. Nothing for Americans…

  5. Buck says:

    If they use there cards out of state or in casinos cancel them.

  6. dj says:

    Anyone who drives to a welfare office in a Mercedes or has diamonds on their fingers don’t need anything

  7. Kristine says:

    I don’t know how to NOT RECOMMEND the article by CBS. It is sad that this type of news comes up at a time of high unemployment and when majority (vast majority) need financial assistance to survive. Welfare fraud has always co-existed with the system; however, generalizing it to sound like most take advantage of the welfare system would be misrepresentation.

  8. Alice says:

    Just because you are receiving welfare you are not allowed to take a vacation?? Really? why don’t they do a study on how much this war is costing us? I think the struggling single parents, laid off workers, victims of domestic violence out weigh the cheaters in the welfare system as a whole. Also, these people receiving their “teeny weeny” welfare checks for the short time will eventually go on to pay taxes for the rest of their lives.

  9. Mike Hawke says:

    “If you can’t feed your baby, then don’t have a baby.” — Wanna Be Startin’ Something, Michael Jackson. Single parents! Yeah right. Baby daddy is staying with baby mama while she receives food stamps and welfare for supposedly being a single parent. FRAUD! Illegal aliens collect welfare for their anchor babies while papa runs an illegal street vending selling bacon wrap hot dogs. Unfortunately people now do not take responsibility for themselves anymore. It’s the norm to be a loser, criminal, cheater, cry baby. So sad the direction America is heading!

  10. Buck says:

    It’s amazing how many people I try to hire for a position I have open then tell me no cause I pay by check. They want cash so can collect unemplyiment and a salary at same time. It’s a joke like 12 people In 3 months all try tell me they only work for cash.

  11. Mike Hawke says:

    Buck, you know all too well. People are so shady. They don’t think about the next generation. All they care about is themselves. In other words,.ghetto people have no sense of awareness when it comes to being a productive part of society. There is no shame! Good luck finding an honest hard worker Buck.

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