Even if prosecution couldn't recover the funds, it would prevent these leeches from getting more and, maybe, discourage others. Not prosecuting invites more of the same.
That's interesting, because what I've been reading, is that most data indicates criminal prosecution of "welfare" fraud has virtually NO effect in preventing future fraud. The vast majority of fraud comes from those employed within the ranks of DHHS itself, landlords or from businesses that serve those who collect such benefits.
There's some eye-opening information from the New York
Office of the Welfare Inspector General (2015 Report) which clearly supports this:https://ig.ny.gov/sites/default/files/pdfs/OWIG-2015-Annual-Report.pdfWrench, you especially should educate yourself on who the TRUE criminals usually are in these situations... "Entitlement programs, from food stamps to Medicare, don't see unusually high cheating rates -- and the culprits are usually managers and executives, not 'welfare queens.'" Read Up:http://www.theatlantic.com/politics/arch...t-fraud/278690/http://www.inquisitr.com/1844601/ny-welfare-fraud-30-arrested-for-food-stamp-fraud-more-to-come/http://www.usnews.com/opinion/blogs/econ...d-of-efficienty