US officials: Conn. must find lost food aid money
HARTFORD, Conn.—The federal agency administering a food aid program that several state employees are accused of tapping into fraudulently says the state must regain money lost through overpayments or deception.
Connecticut Hearst Newspapers report ( http://bit.ly/thnVtz) that the U.S. Department of Agriculture says it's the state's responsibility to review the applications of each state employee who applied for the storm relief. The money was intended for food loss due to spoilage and other storm-related expenses.
Fifteen state employees will face disciplinary hearings over suspicions that they fraudulently applied for federal food assistance after the remnants of Hurricane Irene hit Connecticut.
The USDA said 74,230 individuals in 23,726 households in Connecticut were approved for the program.
Information from: Connecticut Post, http://www.connpost.com