- Associated Press - Wednesday, October 12, 2016

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) - New Jersey’s state comptroller’s office says the state agency in charge of a home heating assistance program for poor families is beset by lax oversight and the potential for fraud.

The office made the claims in a report issued Wednesday. It has turned over six cases to the state’s Criminal Justice Division for possible prosecution.

The report detailed one case where a government employee was able to obtain grants despite earning well above the income eligibility threshold. It also cited another case where the state paid grant money to a woman who had died eight months earlier.

Another 34 cases were forwarded to the Community Affairs Department to determine whether money was properly paid out. The department oversees the federally funded Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program.

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