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Tuesday, 19 March 2013 11:25

Michigan cracks down on felons getting welfare

(AREA) -- The Michigan departments of State Police and Human Services say they resolved 1,994 felony arrest warrants during a joint initiative to make sure felons don't collect welfare. State law bars some forms of public assistance to ex-cons. The departments ran the campaign in January and February. State police cross-checked the names of individuals collecting public assistance against a database of outstanding felony warrants in order to make sure only those who are eligible are receiving public assistance. In the Bay/Thumb region troopers cleared 214 of 698 felony arrest warrants, visiting a total of 699 locations, resulting in the recovery of two stolen hand guns, two long guns, cocaine and marijuana. Of the 4,562 matches, troopers cleared 800 felony arrest warrants. The state says 1,194 other felony arrest warrants were cleared by other law enforcement agencies or the wanted individual reported to authorities.