HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) - Pennsylvania's auditor general says the state Department of Welfare paid out more than $200,000 in benefits through electronic benefit transfer cards linked to the Social Security numbers of dead people.
Auditor General Eugene DePasquale released an interim audit report Tuesday at a Capitol news conference.
He says $212,000 worth of food stamps, cash assistance and other benefits were provided between July 2011 and March 2012 on 138 ACCESS card accounts related to the Social Security numbers of people who died as long ago as the 1980s.
DePasquale says his audit did not find evidence of widespread fraud, but rather a serious systemic problem with the department's handling of the ACCESS cards.
A voicemail seeking comment from the department wasn't immediately returned.
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Rain at times expected tonight, Friday, and early Saturday. Another fall-like blast of cool weather to follow for the weekend.
Expect unsettled weather through Saturday morning as waves of showers and thunderstorms move through the area. Some of the storms may bring heavy downpours late tonight and again Friday afternoon.
Friday is still humid but by Saturday much cooler air moves in making it feel more like fall. Sunday is nice with a cool breeze and unseasonably low temperatures which last though early next week.