88 suspects in R.I named for alleged public assistance fraud of nearly $500K

PROVIDENCE – The R.I. State Police announced Thursday that it has identified 88 suspects who allegedly collected $469,000 in public assistance fraudulently over the past several years.

The 62 arrests and 26 issued warrants were the result of an investigation by the RISP in conjunction with the R.I. Department of Administration Office of Internal Audit – Fraud, Detection and Prevention Unit.

The RISP said that all of the suspects had outstanding felony warrants against them at the time they applied for public assistance, which precluded them from receiving benefits. The individuals would have been required to disclose the warrants at the time they filed for applications for benefits, under penalties of perjury.

“We are cracking down on public assistance fraud,” said Colonel James M. Manni, superintendent of the R.I. State Police. “Public assistance, the SNAP program and other state benefits are there for those who need and deserve them. We cannot and will not tolerate abuse of this system.”

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