About 100 N.J. public workers lied to get free school lunches

Friday, July 19, 2013

An investigation into 15 New Jersey school districts turned up more than 100 public employees and family members who lied about their incomes to get free school lunches for their children, according to the state comptroller.

Their applications bolstered district enrollment figures in the federal free lunch program - a factor that allows school districts to receive more state aid.

Designed to help low-income families, the federal program "has been compromised by widespread fraud," Comptroller Matthew Boxer said Wednesday, announcing the investigation results during a news conference at his office.

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