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Audit Finds Jail Inmates Getting Welfare and Unemployment Benefits
Monday, October 7, 2013
Audit Finds Jail Inmates Getting Welfare and Unemployment Benefits
An audit by state Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli has found that hundreds of inmates in upstate county jails received more than $500,000 in improper benefits.

DiNapoli's auditors found 351 inmates in Chemung, Onondaga, Orange, Schenectady and Warren counties received state unemployment insurance benefits of nearly $325,000.
 
The audit also found improper payments of more than $236,000 from various social welfare programs. For instance, auditors found 313 inmates at jails in Chemung, Onondaga, Orange and Schenectady counties received Safety Net Assistance benefits. Seventy-five inmates received inappropriate Medicaid benefits.
 
DiNapoli's office says the welfare benefits were paid out due to deficiencies in monitoring the eligibility of jail inmates.

Auditors blamed a combination of potential fraud and delays in providing the state with information for the improper unemployment insurance benefits.
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