A federal audit indicates that over 800 Floridians who got food stamps were listed as dead in the Social Security database and another 883 were collecting food stamps from multiple states. The report also showed that over 50 of the food stamp recipients had assets exceeding $200,000.
Participation in the food stamp program has grown by 111% since 2007.
Federal officials estimate the potential fraud costs taxpayers $380,000 a month or $4.5 million a year.
The state department has issued a memo reminding staff members to cross check the food stamp recipients with the Social Security death list.
A taxpayer watchdog pointed out that this is something that they should have been doing since the start of the program.