HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) – Southington state Sen. Joe Markley is asking state auditors to review how the Connecticut Department of Social Services handled the recent distribution of payments to needy people who sustained losses from Tropical Storm Irene.

The ranking Republican leader of the General Assembly’s Human Services Committee said he wants auditors to investigate claims of fraud. He said news reports indicated that the Disaster Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program was poorly handled.

Low-income residents who don’t already receive food stamps were eligible for one-time payments, issued through ATM-style debit card, to cover damages such as spoiled food, loss of income and shelter costs.

Last month, thousands turned up at DSS offices to receive the payments, forming lines that snaked through city neighborhoods. DSS had to deploy reinforcements to their offices.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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