Manhattan Millionaires Dupe Government Into Giving Them Nearly $200K in Welfare Benefits

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A couple of Manhattan millionaires were arrested this morning on charges that they ripped off the government to the tune of nearly $200,000 over the past six years by pretending to be poor in order to collect welfare benefits.

We're not sure what's more disturbing: the fact that millionaires are allegedly sleazy enough to collect benefits intended for poor people, or that it took six years for authorities to figure it out.

In any event, the Manhattan District Attorney's Office this morning announced the indictment of millionaire couple Salim Bakhsh and his wife, Tirnawati Bakhsh, for bilking welfare money from the government since 2006.

Their scheme wasn't all that elaborate either -- apparently, all you need to do to scam some welfare coin is lie about your income on a form.



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