Nearly 2000 beneficiaries of the food stamp program continued to receive benefits after their deaths in Ohio, according to an audit from the state’s auditor.
The audit evaluated a six-month period in 2015 and found that there were 36 instances where dead people received benefits for more than a year after their death and 1,862 instances where dead people received benefits for less than a year.
“In some cases, someone was still using the card,” explained Dave Yost, the Ohio auditor of state, who testified to lawmakers on Wednesday. “Federal law requires at least an annual comparison of death records against the list of beneficiaries—so the number should have been zero.”
The report also found 1,510 cases where food stamp cards had excessive balances.