In Texas, food stamps for the dead, scofflaws, cost taxpayers $500,000 a month
It’s a fact of the human condition: evey one needs to eat.
A recent audit of the Food Stamp Program in Texas (now called the Food and Nutrition Service’s Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program) found that as of December 2010 lots of people getting food benefits had, in fact, shuffled off this mortal coil.
* Deceased, as in dead
* Using a deceased individual’s SSN
* Receiving duplicate benefits in Texas
* Receiving benefits simultaneously from one of five nearby states
* Or were listed as previously disqualified from receiving benefits.
In all, the participants whose questionable eligibility should have been reviewed received approximately $523,551 in benefits each month.
The most expensive group, again, was the zombie clientele: 2,405 beneficiaries identified on the government's Death Master File ate up $307,407 per month.