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Some Erie County residents who get Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) “food stamp” benefits have received larger than usual allotments and county officials said Sunday they have launched an investigation to find out why.

A spokesman for County Executive Mark Poloncarz noted that officials want to determine if the extra benefits were issued by mistake or if they were part of a lawsuit settlement that provides for a one-time benefit payment to recipients who are eligible. The benefits are transferred electronically onto individual SNAP cards.

The spokesman, noting that the situation was brought to the county executive’s attention by private citizens and County Comptroller Stefan Mychalijiw, added that “anyone who received an allocation that departs from the normal amount should contact their SNAP worker first thing Monday morning.”