Audit: $320K went to services for dead people

SPRINGFIELD (AP) — A report from the state auditor’s office has found more than $321,000 was paid for services to dead people through a program in the Illinois Department of Aging.

Request for comment from the department of aging on Thursday was not immediately returned.

The audit released Thursday from the Illinois Office of the Auditor General says the funds went for senior citizen services in the department’s Community Care Program last year. It also says another $38,000 was paid for services to incarcerated people.

The Community Care Program provides in-home and community-based services for elderly people at home who otherwise would live in a nursing home.

Auditors recommend stricter controls be placed on the program to prevent dead or imprisoned people from receiving services in the future.