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Audit finds $1.3M in food card benefits went to people who had died

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NEW ORLEANS, LA (AP) -

A Louisiana 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 said the Department of Children and Family Services arranged before the audit to get daily death records from the state health department. 

She added it is working to automate a check of Social Security numbers against people getting Supplemental Nutritional Assistance Program benefits.

She noted 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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