JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – An investigation from the Missouri Department of Social Services found 436 people receiving $738 a month for Blind Pension benefits also had a driver’s license.
According to a news release, Gov. Eric Greitens announced the investigation results Friday.
“We’re rooting out waste, fraud, and abuse in our government to guard taxpayer dollars, and to protect Missouri’s most vulnerable citizens,” Greitens said in the news release. “Our team found people in Missouri who were taking money from the taxpayers because they claim to be blind-all while driving, speeding, and even driving drunk.”
According to the release, one person had a license to drive a commercial truck, another had a DWI and one was being investigated for giving false information to another program.
“People who are abusing this system aren’t just stealing from taxpayers, they’re stealing from the most vulnerable-the people who need those funds,” Greitens said in the news release. “They can’t rip you off on our watch. We’re holding them accountable.”
The investigation, assisted by the Department of Revenue, found that the individuals had either renewed or gotten their driver’s license while also receiving the blind pension and health insurance funded by the state.
According to the news release, the DSS Welfare Investigations Unit is investigating at least 100 people.