WKYC | Amir Samarghandi
Dead people, duplicates and out-of-state purchases were just some of the fraudulent activities discovered in an audit of Ohio’s food stamp program, according to a release by State Auditor David Yost.
Yost’s audit of Ohio’s $2.5 billion Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) released Tuesday found weaknesses — including $24,406 for dead recipients, $28.7 million in out-of-state spending and over 150,000 duplicate recipients.
“The problems we found are very concerning, and clearly suggest there is fraud occurring in this program,” Yost said in a press release. “We were pleased to discover a pilot program has recently begun that should help address some of these vulnerabilities.”