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First State Employee Fired In Storm Aid Fraud Case

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Russell Hall, CVH (Ciourtesy DMHAS)

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HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) _ Gov. Dannel P. Malloy’s top legal adviser says more than one state employee has been fired following a state investigation into whether they fraudulently received special federal food stamps after Hurricane Irene hit the East Coast.

Andrew McDonald, the counsel to the governor’s office, confirmed to The Associated Press on Wednesday that more than one worker has lost their job over the matter. He would not elaborate.

Malloy’s administration launched an investigation Dec. 4 into whether some of the 800 state employees who received the special benefit may have lied on federal disaster assistance applications. The aid ranged from $200 to $1,200.

As of late December, at least 44 state employees suspected of fraud were referred for review. Twenty-nine others have been cleared of wrongdoing.

(Copyright 2012 by The Associated Press.  All Rights Reserved.)

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