State audit: food stamps issued to 36 dead people

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.”


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