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Audit: $1.3M in federal food benefits went to dead

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NEW ORLEANS (AP) - A state audit has found that about $1.3 million in federal food card benefits were used after the legal benefit recipients had died.

The audit looked at Louisiana Purchase food cards assigned to one-person households during the four years ending June 30, 2013. It found that 3,938 were used after the person's death.

Secretary Suzy Sonnier says The Department of Children and Family Services arranged before the audit to get daily death records from the state health department. She says it's working to automate a check of Social Security numbers against people getting Supplemental Nutritional Assistance Program benefits.

She notes that $1.3 million amounts to 12-hundredths of one percent of Louisiana's SNAP benefits to single-person households during the four years studied.

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