Some Missouri welfare benefits are being cashed in from as far away as California and the U.S. Virgin Islands.
That’s what a new report from State Auditor Tom Schweich revealed Tuesday. While it’s not illegal for Missourians who have welfare EBT carts to use those benefits elsewhere, the new audit says about $461,000 worth were used exclusively out-of-state for at least three months in 2012.
The report also found about 1,600 cases where benefits were used at locations that could be associated with alcohol, tobacco, gambling, or adult entertainment. That is now against the law, and those transactions totaled $261,000 in 2012.
Schweich says the long-term out-of-state welfare usage could indicate people who have moved away from Missouri but still draw benefits. The audit examined about $96 million in total payouts.