(read a letter from Governor Malloy to an attorney for state workers.)

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) _ Gov. Dannel P. Malloy says the Connecticut Department of Social Services abided by federal guidelines when it distributed special food stamp benefits after the remnants of Hurricane Irene hit the state.

Asked Wednesday if DSS should be blamed for unqualified people receiving aid, Malloy said he has not seen any evidence so far that the agency failed to meet the guidelines for the federal program.

Two dozen state employees are suspected of fraudulently receiving the food stamp benefits. Malloy reiterated Wednesday that any employees who may have falsified documents or accessed the money unfairly or illegally “are dealt with.” The 24 have been referred to their department supervisors for disciplinary hearings.

Malloy said he has not yet seen any evidence that DSS workers altered any workers’ applications for the aid.

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


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