We preach. We bitch. We complain. We urge our readers to report free government cell phone fraud whenever they see it.
And lord knows, there’s plenty of it out there to be seen.
When a neighbor told unemployed Rochester resident Jerry Britt that they were giving away free government cell phones at a street event on Hudson Avenue, he quickly headed in that direction.
“This, you don’t have to worry about a bill,” said Britt. “The government is giving us an opportunity to have a phone. For emergency purposes, and for having to look for a job, for you to have family members be in touch with you, it makes it very feasible for all of us.”
That’s where the good news ends and the bad news begins. WHEC-TV has more details about the scary Halloween fraud:
But an internal audit by the Federal Communication Commission showed that the Lifeline program was full of abuse and fraud.
Their investigation revealed that phone companies handed out more than a million taxpayer funded cell phones to people who didn’t qualify for the service.
In one case, more than 10,000 people were listed at the same address.
Earlier this summer, Senator Claire McCaskill of Missouri revealed that 47,942 dead people were signed up and somebody received a free cell phone using one of those names.
Please read that number one more time.
Nearly 50,000 dead people enrolled in the Lifeline program and received free government cell phones. This is not a Halloween prank. It’s serious fraud.
This is why taxpayers complain about the cost of the Lifeline program. This is why so many taxpayers think the cell phone recipients are deadbeats who suck the system dry. This is why legitimate, worthy cell phone recipients are condemned right along with the cheats who abuse the system.
So for what seems like the thousandth time, PLEASE report any fraud, waste and abuse that you see.
If you don’t, the entire free government cell phone system will eventually come tumbling down and those who deserve help the most will no longer get it.
Here’s a link to an article that tells you exactly how to report fraud, waste and abuse.