PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — The federal government is fining Rhode Island about $2 million for problems with the state's benefits system.

WPRI-TV reports the problems stem from the botched rollout of a computer system for benefits programs. The U.S. Department of Agriculture's Food and Nutrition Service found the state's payment error rate was nearly 14% during fiscal year 2018.

In a letter late last month, the agency said most errors involved overpayments and ordered the state to pay $2 million.

The state plans to appeal. The state Department of Human Services says Deloitte, the company that designed the system, is responsible for paying the fine.

The state rolled out the system, which handles applications for food stamps, Medicaid and other benefits, in 2016 despite warnings from the federal government that it wasn't ready.

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Information from: WPRI-TV, http://www.wpri.com

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