FRAUD CHARGES REVIEWED; WELFARE CHEATING EXTENT QUESTIONED.
Byline: Douglas Haberman Staff Writer
Reacting to a grand jury report on Los Angeles Los Angeles (lôs ăn`jələs, lŏs, ăn`jəlēz'), city (1990 pop. 3,485,398), seat of Los Angeles co., S Calif.; inc. 1850. County's handling of welfare fraud, the Board of Supervisors on Tuesday ordered a review of the panel's findings and recommendations.
The vote was 4-1, with Supervisor Michael D. Antonovich Michael Dennis Antonovich (born 1939 in Los Angeles, California) is a member of the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors representing the Fifth District, which covers northern Los Angeles County, the Antelope, Santa Clarita, Pasadena, and parts of the San Fernando and San dissenting. He wanted the board just to adopt the grand jury's findings and to retain services of an individual or firm to oversee the implementation of the recommendations.
The grand jury report, issued last week, claims the county is losing up to $500 million a year through welfare fraud and not doing enough to stop the cheating.
``The hemorrhaging of tax dollars needs to end,'' Antonovich said, noting that a previous grand jury pointed out similar problems several years ago.
But the board tabled Antonovich's motion for a period of up to 30 days while the latest findings and recommendations are reviewed by the county's Department of Public Social Services social services
welfare services provided by local authorities or a state agency for people with particular social needs
social services npl → servicios mpl sociales , which issues welfare checks for county residents and monitors for fraud, and the county Auditor-Controller. The county's chief administrative officer A chief administrative officer (CAO) is responsible for administrative management of private, public or governmental corporations. The CAO is one of the highest ranking members of an organization, managing daily operations and usually reporting directly to the chief executive , David Janssen, will oversee the review.
Supervisor Zev Yaroslavsky Zev Yaroslavsky (born December 21, 1948) is a Los Angeles County politician. He served on the Los Angeles City Council from 1975 until 1994, when he was elected to the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors. He was preceded in both offices by Edmund D. Edelman. said he doubts the fraud is as extensive as the grand jury said it might be. In a recent year, the state gave Los Angeles County an award for keeping welfare fraud down, he said.
The grand jury found 16 major deficiencies in the county's system to prevent and detect welfare fraud.
Too few cases are investigated, more than a year might elapse e·lapse
intr.v. e·lapsed, e·laps·ing, e·laps·es
To slip by; pass: Weeks elapsed before we could start renovating.
n. before high-priority cases are assigned to investigators, and some fraud investigations have been called off because files were missing, the grand jury said.
The grand jurors said they also found insufficient monitoring of employees and the potential for employee fraud.