Welfare fraud refers to various intentional misuses of state welfare systems by withholding information or giving false or inaccurate information. Some common types of welfare fraud are failing to report a household member, claiming one or more imaginary dependents, failure to report income, or providing false information about not being able to work. There have been cases of people feigning illness in conjunction with welfare fraud. Welfare fraud seems to be a big and expensive problem in Massachusetts and all around the world. I am not saying that all of the welfare system is bad it just needs to be changed because it easily allows many people to commit fraud and is plainly misused. It wastes too much money and can send kids down a worse road in life then they deserve. It is unfortunate that some people who really do need the help can’t get it and other people can just sit back and collect money that doesn’t belong to them. Welfare can take a variety of forms, such as monitored payments, subsidies, vouchers, food stamps, or housing programs such as Section 8. Welfare can be provided by governments, non-governmental organizations such as Catholic Charities, or a combination of the two. Welfare programs may be funded directly by governments, or in social insurance models, by the members of the Welfare scheme. Welfare systems differ from country to country, but Welfare is commonly provided to individuals who are unemployed, those with illness or disability, the elderly, those with dependent children, and veterans. A person 's eligibility for Welfare may also be constrained by means testing or other conditions. There are different ways for someone to commit welfare fraud. Many people say that they have children they don’t really have and collect money for a nonexistent child. Some people on welfare will fake an injury. Then there are the people who get the money from welfare when they are making money under the table and yet continue to
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