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Auditors criticize controls on welfare debit cards

Legislative auditors Wednesday criticized the lack of controls on welfare division debit cards issued to food stamp and welfare recipients saying dozens continued to be used even after the recipient was dead.The so-called Electronic Benefit Transfer cards are automatically reloaded each month with the client’s cash benefits and can be used at stores for authorized purchases or even at ATMs.Auditor Stephany Gibbs said a comparison of the card records with those of the state Office of Vital Statistics revealed 749 cards shown as still alive in the welfare computer system but deceased according to Vital Statistics.“More than $11,500 in benefits …

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The Nevada Appeal Updated Sep 20, 2012 04:32AM Published Sep 20, 2012 04:31AM Copyright 2012 The Nevada Appeal. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.