DSHS tosses thousands of welfare fraud tips

Staff writerFebruary 5, 2014 

Workers in the fraud unit at the Department of Social and Health Services discarded nearly 5,000 tips about possible welfare fraud in 2012, KING 5 News reports.

Most of those tips were deemed to be "junk," according to the KING 5 report -- even though they came from DSHS workers who are trained at detecting fraud.

But a former prosecutor hired to audit DSHS' anti-fraud efforts is now questioning whether those tips were really worthless, or whether DSHS workers threw them out to reduce a growing case backlog, KING 5's Chris Ingalls reports.

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