HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) _ Gov. Dannel P. Malloy says 15 state employees suspected of fraudulently applying for federal food assistance after the remnants of Hurricane Irene hit Connecticut have been referred for disciplinary proceedings.

The governor says his administration’s investigation shows the abuse went beyond lying about income and included cases of people lying about assets and listing a dead relative as living in their home.

The names of the 15 employees came up in an initial review of potentially fraudulent applications. They have been reported by the Department of Social Services and the Office of Labor Relations to the agencies where they work.

Malloy announced Sunday that some state workers may have been among scores of Connecticut residents who received food aid after the storm hit in August despite making too much money to qualify.

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


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