from One News Now:
Former President Barack Obama’s controversial “Obamaphone” program – which is still having taxpayers foot the bill for cellphones for the poor – has been exposed as being riddled with fraud, as reports indicate that more than one out of three enrollees were not qualified to receive “free” phones … phones they could afford.
The Government Accountability Office (GAO) released the report on Thursday shedding new light on Obama’s free cellphone program to the poor – officially called the “Lifeline Program” — which is raising more concern about the giveaway that has become a symbol of the former administration’s frivolous government waste.
Abuse of taxpayer funds …
Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-Mo.) requested the GAO report, which divulges that Obama’s program has stashed some $9 billion in assets in private bank accounts – instead of putting it in the federal treasure – an action that escalates the risks of taxpayers not being able to receive the money’s full benefit.
“A complete lack of oversight is causing this program to fail the American taxpayer – everything that could go wrong is going wrong,” McCaskill argued, according to the Washington Times.
The former auditor for the state of Missouri – who serves as a ranking Democrat on the United States Senate’s chief oversight committee – is looking into things that the Obama administration did not care to examine for itself.
“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,” McCaskill added.
The Federal Communications Commissions-run Obamaphone program reportedly predates Obama, yet it attracted more attention during his administration as phone recipients started to link their free phones with other handouts given to the poor under his directives.
Numbers do the talking