Flaws uncovered in NJ child care program

TRENTON - A new audit has found significant flaws with a government-funded child care program for low-income families in New Jersey.

New Jersey Comptroller Matt Boxer tells News 12 New Jersey that the audit found many people earning more than the eligible limit were still enrolled in the program. The state comptroller's report released today has found as many as 4,000 ineligible children enrolled, while twice as many are on waiting lists to get into the program.

The audit shows that nearly $14 million in child care expenses were paid over a two-year period for 3,800 children whose Social Security number had been entered as "999-99-9999." One-tenth of Family Development Division files contain no documents of family income.

The audit makes recommendations for 12 changes. The Department of Human Services has three months to fix the problem. In a written statement, Commissioner Jennifer Velez says reforms are under way.Click here to read the full report.

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