Coaching Benefit Applicants to Quit Jobs to Receive Benefits


Sometimes unemployment really is all it’s cracked up to be. The reports that the Morris County Office of Temporary Assistance in New Jersey has been ”allegedly giving handouts to people who don’t need assistance.” The two anonymous sources that the spoke with claimed that Morris County Office of Temporary Assistance had basically coached them on how to get around the system and collect free money – even if they didn’t want it.

According to the article, one of the sources was told to quit his three jobs so he could be eligible for full assistance including Medicaid, food stamps, and $1200-$1600 a month for housing assistance. He only went in to apply for Medicaid for his children and food stamps!

Would he be eligible for unemployment for quitting his three jobs? Times are tough. The question for the day is…how many people really needed that money?

Source: Today’s ”Fraud of the Day” is based on an article entitled, ”Morris County Welfare Office Fraud: President Obama and Unemployment,” by Jack Ryan published by the, September 27, 2011.

The Morris County Office of Temporary Assistance has been allegedly giving out handouts to people who don’t need assistance. This news, of course, comes during the devastating unemployment crisis.

According to the August employment statistics report from the Department of Labor, the nation’s unemployment rate remained at 9.1 percent, with some states at even higher unemployment rates, and not a single new job was added to the economy for the entire month of August. The graph shows, defaulted, unemployment rates from 2001 to 2011 with a winding, thin line that jabs up and down casually until it reaches 2009, where it then darts north. President Obama took office in January 2009.

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Larry Benson
Larry Benson is currently the Director of Strategic Alliances for Revenue Discovery and Recovery at LexisNexis Risk Solutions. In this role, Benson is responsible for developing partnerships for the tax and revenue and child support enforcement verticals. He focuses on embedded companies that have a need for third-party analytics to enhance their current offerings.