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Officials demand woman on welfare hand over money she earned begging at train station (video)

By Mason White 5:23 PM December 31, 2014
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By: Tanya Malhotra
(Scroll down for video) A woman in Canada, who lived on welfare benefits from the government, was asked to hand over the income she earned by begging at a train station for the past 10 years.

After being questioned by an investigator from the Quebec Ministry of Employment and Social Solidarity (MESS), the woman received a letter, asking her to give welfare $25,738 in income she earned by begging.

The amount was calculated using an estimated $50 per week in income. A spokesperson for MESS, said that everyone, including welfare recipients, are required to report all their income.

In order to help the woman pay her debt, $56 per month will be deducted from her monthly welfare payment until the balance is paid.

The woman of Montreal, is disabled.

“Welfare payments should be a last resort for people. When we calculate the monthly payments, all the resources of the person needs to be taken into account, including money earned through begging. We must ensure that welfare funds are distributed in a fair way for all,” a spokesperson for MESS said.