AP audit exposes duplicate Social Services payments

A recent accounts payable audit of the Richmond, Virginia, Department of Social Services determined that nearly $12,000 in duplicate payments were issued to a foster parent over a period of approximately two years, according to the Richmond Times-Dispatch.

City Auditor Umesh Dalal explained that the duplication occurred between 2006 and 2008. The department was found to have erroneously sent payments directly to the parent in addition to using the correct system of paying through a child placement agency. The mistake was attributed to an employee's lack of knowledge of the system.

The news source reports that the unnamed foster parent suspected he was receiving too much money and asked a social worker, but never received a response. He has agreed to pay back the extra funds to the city.

Earlier this month, a former Social Services worker pleaded guilty to embezzlement after an AP audit found that she had used the department's credit card to make personal purchases, according to a separate article by the news source. 

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