- Associated Press - Wednesday, June 29, 2016

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - State officials say a $48,000 audit of Ohio’s food stamp program found roughly $31,000 in questionable costs, including benefits used by dead people and duplicate payments.

State Auditor Dave Yost released the findings of Ohio’s $2.5 billion Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program on Tuesday.

The audit found 36 cases where recipients received about $24,000 in benefits a year after they died.

Nearly $29 million was spent outside of Ohio, indicating that those recipients don’t live in Ohio or that they’re selling cards and benefits.

The state Department of Job and Family Services tells The Columbus Dispatch the questionable costs are equal to about a tenth of a percent of the total cost of the program.

Yost says the findings indicate fraud isn’t “widespread,” but that even a small percentage can add up.

Copyright © 2018 The Washington Times, LLC.

The Washington Times Comment Policy

The Washington Times welcomes your comments on Spot.im, our third-party provider. Please read our Comment Policy before commenting.

 

Click to Read More and View Comments

Click to Hide