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WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) — A recent audit found the city of Wilmington paid out nearly $270,000 in health care benefits in recent years to individuals who should not have received them.

The audit obtained by The News Journal found that from July 2013 to February 2016, Wilmington overpaid $65,000 to 14 retired Medicare enrollees. It also paid $179,000 to five enrollees whose bills should have been paid by their primary insurer and $24,500 for 26 terminated enrollees, according to the audit.

City officials declined the newspaper’s interview requests. Instead a spokesman for the mayor emailed statements on behalf of the city’s human resources director.

An emailed statement said Wilmington has also implemented additional controls as a result of the audit.

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The newspaper reports the city has pursued reimbursement but was advised that recovery is unlikely, given the age of the claims.

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Information from: The News Journal of Wilmington, Del., http://www.delawareonline.com