Nearly 400 Washington-area residents who were accused of erroneously receiving welfare payments during the past five years have agreed to repay an estimated $42,000, the Department of Human Resources announced yesterday.
About $791,212 is believed to have been paid out in welfare during the past five years to persons who were not entitled to as much money as they received or were not eligible for any payments, according to Limmie Morton, chief of DHR's office of inspection.
Morton said the amounts erroneously received by individuals ranged from a high of $16,309.80 to $18.96. He said the totals include payments for both public assistance and food stamps.
Morton said the largest erroneous payment went to Lindal S. Lloyd, 25, of 11676 Pumpkin Hill Dr. Laurel, who received $13,932.80 in public assistance and $2,377 in food stamps from D.C. between November, 1972, and August, 1976, while also receiving [TEXT OMITTED FROM SOURCE]
Lloyd was found guilty to fraud in public assistance from Maryland.
Maryland in March and ordered to repay the money received from Maryland. She then agreed to repay the District of Columbia the amount owed at a rate of $150 a month.
Morton said other reasons for erroneous payments included the recipient's failure to disclose that he or she was also getting social security for other statutory benefits; failure to report a change in employment or an increase in earnings, or owning a cr with a retail value of more than $1,500.
Following Morton's announcemnt, DHR direcor Albert P. Russo said that a computer match of the D.C. public shools payroll with the city's public assistance rolls has identified 115 school employees apparently receiving public assistance.
This matching brings to 1,295 the total number of D.C. employees apparently receiving welfare.
According to Morton, each case will be forwarded to the payments assistance administration in DHR for reviews. Morton said 137 of the 1,295 employees earn more than $10,000 a year. He emphasized that some these employees might be eligible for supplemental assistance in addition to their salaries. An employee earning up to $15,000 could be eligible for welfare, Morton said.