Nevada Audit Shows Welfare Benefits Paid to Dead

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

CARSON CITY, Nev. (AP) - Nevada legislative auditors say that over the last five years state agencies have continued to pay welfare and food stamp benefits to some recipients who had died.

The Las Vegas Sun reports the audit released Wednesday found that the Division of Welfare and Supportive Services sent benefits to 27 of the 50 dead recipients analyzed by legislative auditors. The loss to the state was $6,000.

More than $500 million was distributed to food stamp and welfare recipients during fiscal 2011.

Since 2007, the number of Nevadans receiving food stamps grew 172 percent to 153,934 recipients. And those in the Temporary Assistance to Needy Families program increased 64 percent to 11,982 families.

Auditors say the problem isn't huge but recommended the division keep better track of recipients who die.

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