A massive portion of Obamaphone recipients are receiving the benefit after lying on their applications, according to a new 90-page report from the Government Accountability Office (GAO).
undercover sting operation showed ineligible applications were approved
63 percent of the time, and a review that found that 36 to 65 percent
of beneficiaries in various categories had lied in easily-detectable
ways but were approved anyway.
The fraud reached unheard-of proportions because the Federal
Communications Commission let the task of screening for eligibility fall
to phone companies that profit off of enrolling as many people as
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.”