OH Auditor to testify before U.S. House committee about food stamp errors; OH paid dead people

Posted at 8:17 PM, Jul 05, 2016
and last updated 2016-07-05 20:17:49-04

Ohio Auditor Dave Yost will testify before House Agriculture Committee about errors in the food stamp program Wednesday morning.

In a recently released audit,  Yost found $31,000 in questionable costs.

"We can do better," he said.

The audit found 36 cases where recipients received about $24,000 in benefits a year after they died, including benefits used by dead people.

Nearly $29 million was spent outside of Ohio, indicating that those recipients don't live in Ohio or that they're selling cards and benefits.

Yost said the payments were unacceptable and undermine a program that aims to feed the hungry.

The audit also confirmed what 5 On Your Side Investigators uncovered last fall.

There are 1,337 households in Ohio with food benefits balances exceeding $23,000, including a Cuyahoga County househould with a $20,610 balance.

After our investigation, U.S. Rep. Bob Gibbs (R-OH7) and 26 other members of Congress demanded the U.S. Department of Agriculture, which oversees SNAP, investigate the high balances.

"It's just incomprehensible to me how this could even function this way," said U.S. Rep Bob Gibbs (R-OH7).

State Auditor Dave Yost released the findings of Ohio's $2.5 billion Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program last month.

Yost said the findings indicate fraud isn't "widespread," but that even a small percentage can add up.