Audit: Dead people got food stamps, $29M spent out of state

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Ohio Auditor Dave Yost will testify before Congress just days after reporting questionable costs in the state’s food stamp program.

The Republican is set to appear Wednesday before the U.S. House Committee on Agriculture.

A $48,000 audit Yost released last week found $31,000 in questionable costs, including benefits used by dead people and duplicate payments.

The findings represented a small fraction of the total cost of Ohio’s $2.5 billion Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program.

The audit found 36 cases in which recipients received $24,000 in benefits a year after they died.

Nearly $29 million was spent outside Ohio, possibly indicating those recipients don’t live in Ohio or may be selling cards and benefits. Spending the federal benefits out of state is not prohibited.

Yost says the findings indicate fraud isn’t widespread.