Drug Felons Illegally Receiving Welfare Benefits
State officials say a preliminary investigation has found that more than 1,000 convicted drug felons in Marion County may be illegally receiving state welfare benefits.
Convicted drug felons are not allowed to receive welfare benefits. The recent investigation by the state Family and Social Services Administration and the U.S. Department of Agriculture cross-checked Indianapolis-area welfare rolls with drug conviction databases to find illegal welfare recipients. Officials say they are now expanding the investigation statewide.
Officials say more investigation is needed to confirm the findings in Marion County before turning over the information to authorities for possible prosecution.
Governor Daniels awarded three people for their work in the investigation Monday.
"It is my judgement and moral responsibilty of everyone in public life to make certain that no tax dollar taken from the Hoosier by the power of the state is ever missspent," Daniels said.