I got questioned by an inspector

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  1. Deno

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    I answered the door all half asleep and this guy showed me a picture of my Friend next door and asked if he lived there and I said yes not thinking I was doing anything wrong. Then he asked if I knew( and he said my friends girlfriends name) his girlfriend and if she lived there. I said yes and then he got out his badge and said he was from the dept of welfare inspectors and said "well there committing welfare fraud". Now I feel like I got them in trouble and there really nice people. After he left I knocked and told them what had happened and she didn't seem worried by it. I really hate myself, I had to take pills to fall asleep last night and I was really out of it when he rang the bell and woke me up, I guess I had to tell him the truth anyway, grrrrrrr.

    duped into ratting on a friend!!!
     
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    You didn't rat on your friends because you didn't purposely give out any secrets. You simply, harmlessly answered a few direct questions. If one or both of them are breaking the law, it is not your responsibility and you are certainly not responsible if they get into trouble.

    Go back to sleep. :tongue:
     
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    Deno -- you did what you did with honestly and with nothing to hide. I agree with Pecker.

    If they have been committing welfare fraud, this is not going to be news to them, and you didn't get them in trouble, they did.

    If they haven't been committing welfare fraud, here's their chance to prove it.
     
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    Deno, don't worry about it. You answered the questions honestly.
     
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    absolutely! no need to sign on to a guilt complex!

    I'm surprised the person didn't identify himself at the beginning. I think he was wrong sharing that information with you since he was investigating the neighbors about an allegation.
     
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    i full agree with pecker (aloha brah!) and kris. you were just being honest.
     
  7. Principessa

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    You did nothing wrong and should feel no guilt.
    Also, you weren't duped, they didn't trick or deceive you. :cool:
     
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    also, i know this might make me sound like a dick, but if they are abusing the welfare system, then they kinda deserve to be investigated >_>
     
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    I don't think you did anything wrong, Deno. But I have to say the it is always the wise decision to refuse to answer ANY questions about ANYBODY unless you know why the question is being asked and who is doing the asking. It may only be because I live in New York, but whenever I am asked for information, I always determine why it is being asked before volunteering anything. You have learned this the hard way...but, believe me, there is no reason for you to berate yourself for it. Why should you think that the inspector had any motive to hurt your friends? You answered honestly...if not a bit too readily. Let it go...if your friends have a problem, it was a problem caused by their deceit, not your honesty.
     
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    This is totally not your fault. These guys are trained to elicit information without revealing who they are or what their purpose may be. And you couldn't have known the "correct" way to answer in the first place. Pecker called it, as usual. Go back to sleep.
     
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    adding on to what nice said, when answering questions, always answer as short as possible. like, try to keep it to one word answers, like yes or no
     
  12. Deno

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    thanks people, I wouldn't feel so bad if there were not children involved, one poor kid has downs and I am sure they need all the help they can get. I don't see why its a crime to have a father want to be around his children, go figure.
     
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    I wouldn't answer any questions in person or on the phone if the person had not identified themself and their reason for asking first. They do not have a right to an answer.
     
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    Agreed. Sure they're nice people to your face, but there's obviously an under skin working going on.

    There are Millions of worthy people that NEED welfare.
    These people are being denied as others are ripping the system off and draining it dry for their benefit.

    If she told you not to worry about it... I'm sure that they've been accused more than once for this.

    Think of it this way. You just helped to clean up a very sloppy system.

    Get some rest.
     
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    Deno,

    Stop and think for a moment...

    This guy already knew your neighbor's name and knew his girlfriend's name. You didn't tell him anything he didn't already know. I repeat: You didn't tell him anything he didn't already know. You gave that guy nothing because you know nothing.

    Also! Keep in mind this is just a government agent with no means to finally determine if fraud is being committed. That's up to a court. The agent misspoke, illegally so, if he said that they were committing fraud. He should have said, "allegedly." Remember that in case you're called as a witness for anything.
     
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    Interesting... who place is it, his or hers and is the kid both of theirs? It's a shame that people have to resort to cheating the welfare system. But I find Honesty is the best policy. Also that's one of the problems of the welfare system that they may lose custody of the child or be kicked off the system. Btw you did nothing wrong.
     
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