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Senate Republicans target welfare fraud

One of the ways Senate Republicans believe they can save taxpayer money is by looking for welfare fraud.

Senate Republican leader Dick Ackerman estimates the state can save $35 million in the current budget year by expanding a San Diego County program that sends investigators out to poor people's homes unannounced.

GOP documents say one in four applicants is found to be fraudulent.

Welfare advocates consider the move alarming.

"It's an invasion of privacy," said Michael Herald of the Western Center on Law and Poverty.

Herald questions what he considers a violation of the constitutional rights of the poor. While the Senate holds off a vote on the GOP's proposals, here's a clip from Comedy Central's "The Colbert Report" about San Diego's welfare fraud program.

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