The findings that some state workers may have committed fraud related to federal assistance intended for the victims of Tropical Storm Irene, may not have surprised DSS Commissioner Roderick Bremby. On Face the State on October 5th, Bremby conceded scammers may have received federal aid.
The long lines that snaked outside Department of Social Services offices the last week of September and first week of October made headlines around the nation, even emblazoned across the Drudge Report. When reports surfaced that some people were suspicious that some in line didn’t belong there, the program to reimburse low income people for storm damage became fodder for columnists and radio commentators.
During the taping of the program, Bremby told me that most of the people who received aid from the government, were entitled to it. However, he admitted there were some people who could have exploited the program and got money, but referred to those as ” a few people.”
Bremby, an Army brat who grew up everywhere, and came to Connecticut from Kansas, is hoping to modernize the DSS, which he says is stuck in 1989.
You can watch the entire interview with Bremby right here: