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State Audit finds misappropriations in federal energy-assistance money

Posted: 04/02/13 09:10

A state audit has found that Nebraska improperly sent nearly $8 million in federal energy-assistance money directly to customers, including some who were known to be dead. State Auditor Mike Foley said Monday that the payments were made in haste in August 2011, just five weeks before the federal deadline to use the money. Auditors say there's no way to confirm how the money was spent. But some checks were cashed at a keno parlor, grocery stores and funeral homes. State officials say they've added safeguards to prevent future occurrences.