‘OBAMAPHONE’ PROGRAM A TOTAL FRAUD

Was anything about Obama real?

‘Obamaphone’ program stashes $9 billion in private bank accounts

The program is paid in full by cell phone customers through the universal service fee charge that may or may not show up on their monthly bills.

By Stephen Dinan – The Washington Times – Thursday, June 29, 2017

The controversial “Obamaphone” program, which pays for cellphones for the poor, is rife with fraud, according to a new government report requested by democrats that found more than a third of enrollees may not even be qualified.

Known officially as the Lifeline Program, the phone giveaway became a symbol of government waste in the previous administration. Now a new report from the Government Accountability Office bears out those concerns.

The report, requested by Sen. Claire McCaskill, Missouri Democrat, also says the program has stashed some $9 billion in assets in private bank accounts rather than with the federal treasury, further increasing risks and depriving taxpayers of the full benefit of that money.

“A complete lack of oversight is causing this program to fail the American taxpayer — everything that could go wrong is going wrong,” said Mrs. McCaskill, ranking Democrat on the Senate’s chief oversight committee and who is a former state auditor in Missouri.

“We’re currently letting phone companies cash a government check every month with little more than the honor system to hold them accountable, and that simply can’t continue,” she said.

Some 10.6 million people have an Obamaphone, but 36 percent of them may not qualify, investigators said after sampling the population and finding a huge chunk of people couldn’t prove they were eligible.

More than 5,500 people were found to be enrolled for two phones, while the program was paying for nearly 6,400 phones for persons the government has listed as having died.

Investigators also submitted fraudulent applications to see what would happen, and 12 of the 19 phone carriers they applied to approved a phone.

The theory behind the program was that poor people needed a phone to apply for a job or conduct other business in the modern economy, so they were provided with what was supposed to be a low-cost, limited-service benefit.

Though the program is administered by the federal government, funding comes from cellphone carriers, who pass the costs on to customers through the universal service fee charge that many see on their monthly bills.

Thursday’s report is just the latest warning from the GAO, which is the government’s chief watchdog. Previous reports had warned the Obama administration the program was susceptible to double-dipping, and that the FCC didn’t even have a good yardstick to measure whether the program was meeting its goals.

The FCC had promised to make changes, but the new report says those have fallen short.

GAO investigators questioned whether the program is even needed anymore with all of the other government programs available. Investigators also found that without the free government phone, many recipients could and would pay for the services on their own anyway.

And not one positive comment on Obama or his phone…

scotman2 • 9 hours ago
And Democrats want this same government to run our healthcare system…………………………………………
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Adam_Saline Anscotman2 • 8 hours ago
Think about it if you are “poor” you get a free phone and service, free health insurance, free food, free housing, etc. What is the incentive to do anything but live off the American’s who work?
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MT Poquets Adam_Saline • 8 hours ago
Welcome to socialism……now the gov’t pulls ALL the strings and individual rights flutter away as payment for the “freebies”.
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Anscotman2 Adam_Saline • 8 hours ago
Exactly
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Troy Petty Adam_Saline • 6 hours ago
I’ve had employees quit because ” why should I work, I can get more and not work”. These programs were claimed as a hand up but became handouts.
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CTP Adam_Saline • 5 hours ago
maybe because all those “free” things still have you living in a ghetto or trailer park
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fb274 CTP • 5 hours ago
Those getting freebies most likely don’t care where they live as long as they have a fancy new car to drive them around town.

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Elizabeth Davis Adam_Saline • 7 hours ago
What incentive is it for the working to work? Why bother, they take our money and give to every person that does not want to work and who can blame them, why would they work
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Tyrone Jackson Elizabeth Davis • 5 hours ago
You are correct, too many deadbeats voting “D” for a living.
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FedUp2 Adam_Saline • 3 hours ago
And that’s exactly the mind set of too many in the country. If they can get it for free, who cares who pays for it.

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mlimberg Anscotman2 • 9 hours ago
Don’t forget the USPS…. loses Billions per year to deliver junk that goes from mailbox to recycle can in 2.2 seconds…
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pete39 mlimberg • 4 hours ago
>”2.2 seconds.”<
Dang you’re slow!
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Tyrone Anscotman2 • 8 hours ago
any wonder why taxpayers are $20 trillion in debt?
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frank Tyrone • 6 hours ago
Only last week we found out the government is still working on Y2K. The free phones have about 15 more years to run.Get yours now.
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NeverSurrender Tyrone • 7 hours ago
Oh, oh…Let me guess, starts with a “D” and ends with a “t” and was lead by a Zero surrounded by insane Progressive Socialists…
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Tyrone Jackson NeverSurrender • 6 hours ago
Both establishment parties share the blame.
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Deapster Tyrone • 5 hours ago
It is what Democrats do. When confronted, they have an answer:

Oh, they’ll find the money.
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seanspec Anscotman2 • 8 hours ago
Come on, the VA is run so well. Like a well oiled machine. A well oiled broken, rusted out machine.
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frank seanspec • 6 hours ago
Anyone wanting Single Payer Gov Healthcare should stand in line at the Post Office to get a feeling for how it would work.
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seanspec frank • 6 hours ago
I think its always interesting that rich people and foreign leaders all come to the US when they need a specialist and don’t trust their own government run HC in their own countries. HMMM.
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question? frank • 3 hours ago
No try getting an appointment at the vs VA. That is how it will work.

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pete39 frank • 4 hours ago
DMV

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MERIDUS Anscotman2 • 8 hours ago
You spelled it wrong. Obama’s presidency was a was a Fraud.
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JeanneD Anscotman2 • 9 hours ago
Frightening, isn’t it ?
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jimvancise Anscotman2 • 7 hours ago

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