CARSON CITY — The Nevada Welfare Division needs to do a better job of identifying when clients receiving benefits have passed away, a legislative audit states.
The audit, released Wednesday, found 189 instances of people listed by a separate state agency as having passed away between July 1, 2007, and Dec. 31, 2009, that were listed by the Welfare Division as still living.
Legislative auditors tested electronic benefits transfer cards used to provide benefits in 50 of the cases. They found that the division paid more than $11,500 in benefits to 27 of the 50 clients after their dates of death. The agency paid the benefits up to 10 months after the clients died.