CITY INVESTIGATES POSSIBLE FRAUD OF SOCIAL ASSISTANCE SERVICES

Oct 17, 2012

By Scott Walker

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Toronto’s Auditor-General has uncovered what could be widespread fraudulent use of the city’s social assistance programs.

The auditor has uncovered 1,500 cases of people holding business licenses but reporting no income and claiming social assistance.

The claimants include restaurant owners, hairdressers, strippers, and 800 taxicab drivers. Councillor Denzil Minan-Wong says some of the claims may be legitimate, but it seems excessive.

The auditor-general says having a business license doesn’t guarantee income. An investigation is underway, and Deputy Mayor Doug Holyday says the city will take action if necessary.

The auditor-general says the fraud could amount to $20-million a year.

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