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N.J. Workers Underreport Income So Kids Get Free Lunches

New Jersey government employees appear to have lied about their income to qualify their children for free and reduced-price school lunches, according to a state investigation that found “widespread” fraud.

A school board member in Pleasantville said she didn’t include her own income because she wasn’t the one receiving the lunches. In Paterson, a teacher admitted leaving out $68,600 of annual pay from overtime and a second job. They are among 109 people being referred to the state attorney general for possible prosecution, Comptroller Matthew Boxer said today.