A report from the Government Accountability Office found a shocking rate of fraud in the program that provides phones for low-income Americans, with ineligible applicants being approved for free phones 63 percent of the time.
The Daily Caller reported:
The GAO undercover investigators applied for free government phones 19 times using criteria that should have been rejected, and “we were approved to receive Lifeline services by 12 of the 19 Lifeline providers using fictitious eligibility documentation.”
All someone has to do to apply for free cellphone service is say that they are on another welfare program, such as food stamps or disability, known as SSI.
But nationwide, “only 35.5 percent of people claiming eligibility based on SSI could actually be confirmed as eligible,” the GAO found. That means 64.5 percent of people appear to have lied and may not even be poor.
Doc talked about this example of government corruption and incompetency on today's show.