WMAR Channel 2 did a report on food stamp fraud reporting that:
And:Cases of beer, cartons of cigarettes, even cold hard cash to buy big-ticket times, is how hundreds of your tax dollars are spent each year in a slick food stamp scheme.
And WMAR has reported that Congress is now involved and allegedly, Kevin Concannon, the head of the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program or SNAP stated that WMAR's parent company Scripps Howard revealed fraud that the USDA was unaware of until Scripps Howard reported it to the USDA:An ABC 2 News investigation has revealed that some of the same vendors who were busted are wrongly readmitted to the program as many as four times. We found nearly a third of the disbarred sites were approved to trade in food stamps again.
With help from store employees, customers can easily game the system. A clerk would ring up a case of beer as a box of cereal or charge $50 on the card and give the customer $25 in return.
The exchange rate favors the store and could bring in a whopping $50,000 extra per month, according to a 2009 federal indictment involving food stamp fraud.
I think this is great news that food stamp fraud is finally being cracked down on, however this should have been dealt with before a news investigation revealed this type of fraud.Kevin Concannon, the head of the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program or SNAP, attempted to explain why disqualified vendors still accept food stamps, even after the USDA busts them for fraud – some as many as four times.
“While a vast majority of retailers follow the rules, a few bad actors will always seek to exploit snap,” he commented.
“Scripps Howard exposed fraud you were not aware of, correct?” asked Rep. Issa.
Concannon responded with a simple “correct. ”
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