CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCBD) – 178,000 people applied for help buying groceries after October’s historic flooding but according to an audit by the Department of Social Services, three percent of those applicants lied on their applications.
The agency randomly chose 9,000 claims to investigate. They found fraud in about 300 food aid cases.
According to the department, the average amount of fraud was more that $430. Those who wrongly received benefits will have a chance to pay them back.