Fraud Investigation Wrapping Up; Four Firings To Date

By SUSAN HAIGH, Associated Press

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) _ Connecticut’s Department of Social Services is wrapping up its fraud investigation into more than 800 state employees who received special food stamps in the aftermath of Hurricane Irene.

Gov. Dannel P. Malloy told commissioners Tuesday that DSS is expected to transmit the cases of suspected fraud to the state’s Office of Labor Relations and the workers’ respective agency heads by the close of business on Wednesday.

So far, 98 applications for the aid, which ranged from $200 to $1,200, have been forwarded.

Malloy said four employees have been fired and four workers decided to retire before their disciplinary proceedings were completed. That means 90 employees are now in various stages of disciplinary hearings.

Malloy urged his commissioners to deal with the cases in a timely manner.

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

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