Ocean County, New Jersey has found a way to protect their white residents who have committed massive welfare fraud.
After more than two dozen arrests for Medicaid fraud happened in the Ocean County community of Lakewood, state officials created an amnesty program for people to confess their abuse of the program, reported The Root.
The Ocean County Recipient Voluntary Disclosure Program started on 9/12 and runs for three months, according to the Office of the Comptroller, Medicaid Fraud Division.
Under the program, people would have to repay the benefits they received that they were not eligible for, plus a civil penalty. They would also have to agree not to accept Medicaid benefits for one year, reported The Root.
Those who meet all the requirements for the amnesty program will not be referred for prosecution, and the Ocean County Prosecutor’s Office will not pursue charges against them.
Currently, the program is open only to Ocean County residents who have received Medicaid benefits but are not already facing charges and have not already settled with the comptroller’s office.
State and federal authorities charged 26 people, including a prominent local religious leader and a special needs teacher, in the town of Lakewood with a list of fraud counts in late June and early July.
The charges stem from allegations that they failed to report or otherwise concealed income that would have made them ineligible for benefits. Those families allegedly collected more than $2.4 million in benefits.
According to NBC, the town of Lakewood’s population has tripled since 1980. The community is mostly Orthodox Jewish, and the town is one of New Jersey’s largest.
(Article By Jeremiah Jones)