Colo. Welfare Recipients Illegally Spent $500K on Alcohol in the Last Two Years: Report

Welfare recipients in Colorado used taxpayer dollars to illegally purchase $500,000 worth of alcohol over the past two years.

The Colorado Department of Human Services, which manages the welfare program, knew about the withdrawals but has not punished recipients who violate the law or blocked the use of cards at casino and liquor store ATMs, Colorado Watchdog, a non-profit organization that focuses on government transparency, reported Thursday.

The report concludes that welfare recipients withdrew about $340,000 at liquor store ATMs and another $149,000 at casinos.