Report: Food stamp overpayments after floods may top $10M

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GREENVILLE, S.C. (AP) – South Carolina’s inspector general says food stamp overpayments following last year’s historic flooding may total more than $10 million.

The Greenville News reports that Inspector General Patrick Maley attributes roughly $3 million to fraud and the rest to errors. But his report says the state Department of Social Services is not at fault because federal guidelines don’t require applicants to prove they qualify for the disaster aid.

Lawmakers were suspicious because the number of people applying for food benefits in some areas far exceeded those applying for other aid following the October 2015 floods.

According to Maley’s report, 304,365 South Carolina households received $97 million in flood-related food benefits.

That includes $21 million to nearly 125,000 existing recipients who automatically received temporary supplements because they live in disaster-declared counties.

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