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05/24/2012

Food stamp cheats advertising on Craigslist, eBay

Texas food stamp cardNews flash: Ripping off taxpayers is a SNAP, it seems. Cheaters have been selling their benefit cards for the food stamp program, known as the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, for cash, to the tune of millions of dollars a year, the federal government says.

States are supposed to police this. But while state watchdogs slumbered, some people even listed their cards for sale on Craigslist and eBay. Then, they'd ask states for replacement cards - again and again. That apparently didn't arouse suspicions either.

So now the U.S. Agriculture Department is prodding states to demand that food stamp recipients have have requested more than 4 replacements in a year explain why they lost cards. The penalty for this rip off? The cheaters wouldn't get any more cards. They must be shaking in those new boots they bought with the food stamp cash.

 

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