The New York Daily News reports that an audit by city Comptroller John Liu discovered that the Senior Citizen Rent Increase Exemption Program, which is designed to assist the lower-income elderly with their rent, was at the center of a widescale fraud. Under the program, either the family members of the elderly tenants or their landlords are required to notify the city if the tenant passes away. Instead, approximately 3,800 landlords and family members of the tenants continued to accept the subsidies. In some cases, the tenants were dead for nearly a decade.
Liu's office has determined that the $11.8 million swindle took place between July 2009 and November 2010. So far, the city has brought $3.3 million of its money back from the grave.
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