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What is an intentional program violation? What is welfare fraud?


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Produced by Deborah Harris and Betsy Gwin, Massachusetts Law Reform Institute
Reviewed December 2022

An intentional program violation (IPV) is purposely giving false or misleading information, hiding information in order to get benefits you are not eligible for, or not reporting a change that would reduce your grant. 106 C.M.R. § 706.300. Purposely giving false or misleading information or hiding information in order to get benefits is also welfare fraud.

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