I-Team: Rhode Island Man Faces Criminal Charges For Mass. Welfare Fraud

I-Team: Rhode Island Man Faces Criminal Charges For Mass. Welfare Fraud


Yo NOW AN UPDATE ON AN I TEAM INVESTIGATION. A RHODE ISLAND MAN IS NOW FACING CRIMINAL CHARGES. WE CONFRONTED HIM LAST YEAR OVER ALLEGATIONS THAT HE WAS RIPPING OFF MASSACHUSETTS TAXPAYERS AND ILLEGALLY RECEIVING WELFARE BENEFITS. A HOMEOWNER WHO REPORTED IT SAID HE COULDN’T GET ANYONE AT THE STATE TO LISTEN. BUT THE I TEAM WAS ON THE CASE AND GOT RESULTS. Reporter: THE I TEAM CAUGHT UP TO PAUL HESSIAN BEFORE HE PUNCHED IN TO WORK IN CRANSTON. Reporter: WE ARE TRYING TO FIGURE OUT WHY YOU ARE TRYING TO GET BENEFITS IN MASSACHUSETTS IF YOU LIVE IN RHODE ISLAND. Reporter: HESSIAN ACTED DUMBFOUNDED WHEN WE ASKED WHY THE STATE WAS SENDING PUBLIC ASSISTANCE TO AN ADDRESS THAT DIDN’T BELONG TO HIM. I WOULD LIKE IT SEE THESE CHECKS. WHAT ARE YOU TALKING ABOUT? I’M NOT GETTING ANY CHECKS. Reporter: BUT ACCORDING TO A NEW CRIMINAL COMPLAINT HE WAS. HESSIAN IS NOW ACCUSED OF RECEIVING $54,000 OF FRAUDULENT BENEFITS. THE MAN WHO STARTED GETTING THAT MYSTERIOUS MAIL WAS STEVE GAYNOR, WHO OWNED HIS HOME FOR SEVEN YEARS. I STARTED GOING WAIT A MINUTE THERE IS SOMETHING WRONG HERE. THAT IS WHEN I STARTED CALLING THE FRAUD HOTLINE. WHICH, I’M SORRY, IS A JOKE. Reporter: EVEN AFTER SEVERAL CALLS, GAYNOR SAID THE MAIL KEPT COMING. AS A TAXPAYER THIS IS MY MONEY. HE IS STEALING MY MONEY. AND AS A CITIZEN, I CAN’T GET THE GOVERNMENT TO CARE. Reporter: WE UNCOVERED DOCUMENTS SHOWING HESSIAN HAD BEEN LIVING OUT OF STATE FOR MORE THAN THREE YEARS. WHILE MASSACHUSETTS TAXPAYERS KEPT PICKING UP THE TAB, EVEN IF HE DIDN’T WANT TO ADMIT IT. Reporter: THE MAIL KEPT SHOWING UP TO A RANDOM ADDRESS UNDER YOUR NAME. AND I CLEARED IT UP. IT WAS AN OLD ADDRESS OF MY MOTHER’S. Reporter: BUT THAT EXPLANATION DIDN’T ADD UP AND HESSIAN WILL BE ARRAIGNED FOR ILLEGALLY USING THAT ADDRESS TO CASH IN. Reporter: THE CASE WAS REFERRED TO THE BRANCH OF THE STATE AUDITOR’S OFFICE. LAST YEAR THAT UNIT IDENTIFIED $13.7 MILLION OF ILLEGAL

Daniel Yohans

2 thoughts on “I-Team: Rhode Island Man Faces Criminal Charges For Mass. Welfare Fraud

  1. Reggie Givens says:

    white people ripping off the system

  2. Zach Trapper says:

    But how was he cashing the check if they weren't coming to his house? Was this possibly a mistake?

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