Cabinet secretary testifies in court on SNAP program

Brent Earnest, the cabinet secretary of the state Human Services Department, testified Wednesday that he didn’t know of allegations of widespread fraud in the processing of food benefits applications within his department until they first became public in April.

Nine employees previously testified in federal court in April and May about HSD’s practice of adding fake assets to emergency applications for the federal Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, formerly known as food stamps.

“I would never tolerate that or direct that,” Earnest said.

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