Mass. welfare chief steps down after waste reports


BOSTON (AP) — The chief of the state's welfare system has resigned in the wake of a report that found widespread waste and the distribution of millions of dollars to people not eligible for benefits.

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An internal report found that nearly 3,100 out of 47,000 families receiving taxpayer-funded benefits and contacted through a voter registration mailer were unaccounted for. Their accounts are being closed.

The department also said it overpaid federal food stamp recipients by almost $28 million since 2010.

The Inspector General found the Department of Transitional Assistance handed out about $25 million in benefits to people with unconfirmed eligibility.

The Boston Herald ( reports that Health and Human Services Secretary John Polanowicz asked for and received the resignation of Department of Transitional Assistance Commissioner Daniel Curley on Thursday.