Exclusive flashback :The E-B-T Lottery! Overpayments at Rhode Island DHS

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Statement obtained 

The Raimondo administration and their $364 million dollar computer system continues to create havoc around the state. Some people complain of late payment checks, while others are getting a “lottery” type surprise. Take the case of Kathleen Melberg, who confirmed her basic information to DePetro.com.( Melberg was not the source of the above statement provided to DePetro.com).  Kathleen is suppose to receive $252.00 in cash assistance twice a month($504 monthly total). Instead,(as the document above shows) Melberg received 3 electronic payments of $504.00 on October 4, 2016, for a total of $1,512.  “I was shocked when I saw my EBT receipt at the grocery store, and it said a balance of $1200 left” said Melberg. “I am honest, and reported it immediately.” Melberg , a mother of two, sometimes has to spend a full day at the DHS office trying to rectify the mistakes. One DHS worker who did not want to be identified, said they are trying to catch mistakes but wonder how many overpayments are slipping thru the cracks.” The computer system is a nightmare and the director is incompetent,”said one DHS worker. DHS Director Melba Depena Affigne has come under fire for massive problems since she was named by Governor Gina Raimondo. DHS workers tell stories of being assaulted and threatened with acts of violence since the new system came in. 

( Editors Note: The above statement was obtained by an inside computer source, and not obtained from Melberg. Melberg merely confirmed her payment amounts.) Listen weekdays 11:AM-2:PM to John DePetro on AM1380 and 95.1 FM WNRI.

DHS Melba “De-clueless” Affigne