‘Obamaphone’ program riddled with fraud: Audit

The controversial “Obamaphone” program, which pays for cellphones for the poor, is rife with fraud, according to a new government report Thursday 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.

  • Hard Little Machine

    Ohhhh yeeeaaah

  • BillyHW
    • Martin B

      Millions of brainless parasites stalk America.

      • Clink9

        Walking dead.

    • Drunk_by_Noon

      Human cockroachs

    • bob e

      my white privilege is overwhelming me ..
      Ya think Obama has access to that bank account ??

  • Martin B

    The entire Obama administration was a fraud.

  • That’s too bad the program failed. Because I heard the free cell phones improved the efficiency level of crack cocaine delivery in the neighbourhood by 300%. Not to mention that spotters could provide much more advanced warning when cops were on patrol.

    Obama will be disappointed.

  • Alain

    Since Obama himself is a fraud, why the surprise?

  • robins111

    I just wonder if that cash stuffed into offshore accounts are listed as ‘Clinton Foundation’ as the account holders.

  • Litesoutlibs the ebullient

    I’m sure somebody is chasing down the money as we speak.

  • Blacksmith

    So that useless twat McCaskill who voted for the program and is staunch lefty, big govt POS now wants to know what is going on? Two faced politician speak with forked tongue.

  • Editor

    My wife, who was born and raised in a “banana republic’ remembers fondly, as a child, when the political bandwagons would roll into town during election campaigns with trucks full of “muñecas y bicicletas” – dolls and bicycles – for all the kids. Pretty much the same strategy. Kids these days, defined either by age or by political and social maturity just prefer cellphones to “dolls and bicycles” these days.