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Report: Guilford workers hid food stamp backlog

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GREENSBORO, N.C. -

An internal investigation says some Guilford County social service workers were told to hide a backlog of 8,000 food stamp cases that threatened to cost North Carolina $88 million in federal money to administer the program.

The News & Record of Greensboro reports that some Guilford County Department of Social Services workers told investigators they were instructed not to enter information into a computer system earlier this year to hide the backlog from the U.S. Agriculture Department.

A heavily redacted copy of the county report provided to the newspaper said some of the witness statements couldn't be confirmed.

The USDA had threatened the state with losing $88 million unless tens of thousands of people who applied for food stamps got responses before the end of March.

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