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  • Wife Of DC Lawyer Worth $1.5 Million Arrested For Taking Food Stamps, Welfare

    03/13/2017 7:46:11 AM PDT · by kevcol · 71 replies
    Daily Caller News Foundation ^ | March 12, 2017 | Thomas Phippen
    Helen Agbapuruonwu “fraudulently obtained public assistance in excess of $100,000 under false pretenses” police allege, and she has been charged “with felony welfare fraud and document forgery,” according to a police report. Fidelis Agbapuruonwu, who immigrated to the U.S. from Nigeria in the 1990s, worked as an associate at Mayer Brown in D.C., according to his LinkedIn profile. A spokesman for Mayer Brown told NBC 4 that Agbapuruonwu no longer works there. Agbapuruonwu received a Paul & Daisy Soros Scholarship for New Americans, which he used to pay for law school at Ohio State University. Court officials believe that Agbapuruonwu...
  • Maine Drops 9,000 From Food Stamps After Refusal To Comply With Work Requirements

    02/26/2017 8:00:49 PM PST · by Rockitz · 46 replies
    CNS Article Copied Onto ZeroHedge.com ^ | 26 February 2017 | CNS Article Copied By Tyler Durden
    Republican Governor Paul LePage dared to begin enforcing Maine's volunteer and work requirements for food stamp (SNAP) recipients to keep their benefits. The end result was more than 9,000 non-disabled adults getting dropped from the program. As CNS News' Eric Schiener reports, a Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) spokesman tells the Associated Press that 12,000 non-disabled adults were in Maine’s SNAP program before Jan. 1 - a number that dropped to 2,680 by the end of March... The rules prevent adults, who are not disabled and do not have dependents, from receiving food stamps for more than three...
  • Leaked: Trump's Next Executive Order - "Eliminate the Welfare Magnet Driving Illegal Immigration

    02/04/2017 4:48:05 AM PST · by HomerBohn · 74 replies
    Freedom Outpost ^ | 2/3/2017 | Tim Brown
    Now, this will do more to eliminating illegal immigration than anything else, including a wall that costs American taxpayers billions of dollars and increases the size of the central government in border patrol agents. A leaked draft of an executive order by President Donald Trump indicates that he is looking to eliminate the welfare state for illegals, which is nothing more than dangling a carrot in front of them to cross the southern border on the American taxpayers' dime. The Washington Post reports: The Trump administration is considering a plan to weed out would-be immigrants who are likely to require...
  • MEXICAN STORE OWNER ACCIDENTLY REVEALS HIS SCAM OF NEW JERSEY…FEDS DISCOVER HUGE OPERATION

    01/27/2017 3:28:53 PM PST · by COBOL2Java · 47 replies
    Conservative Daily Post ^ | Jan 27, 2017 | Michael Kohl
    A rabbit hole is a scary place. You never expect to find it, and when you do, it starts from the unlikeliest of places. Who knew that the globalist push for a worldwide Islamic Fundamentalist Caliphate started at a small market in Irvington New Jersey? An Irvington man on Monday admitted in federal court to running a food stamps-for-cash scheme that cost the government more than $800,000 over two years. Miguel Antonio Azcona pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge Mary L. Cooper in Trenton to a single count of theft of government funds, according to the office of U.S. Attorney...
  • USDA Study Reveals What Food Stamps Are Really Spent On (10% of Budget on Soft Drinks alone!)

    01/15/2017 12:38:16 PM PST · by drewh · 40 replies
    The American Thinker ^ | Jan 15 2017 | Thomas Lifson
    Michael Bloomberg and Michelle Obama have been lecturing us (or at least those among us who use food stamps, aka SNAP) to no avail when it comes to sugary soft drinks. Anahad O’Conner of the New York Times reports: What do households on food stamps buy at the grocery store? The answer was largely a mystery until now. The U.S. Department of Agriculture, which oversees the $74 billion food stamp program called SNAP, has published a detailed report that provides a glimpse into the shopping cart of the typical household that receives food stamps. The findings show that the No....
  • In the Shopping Cart of a Food Stamp Household: Lots of Soda

    01/15/2017 7:12:22 AM PST · by Drew68 · 183 replies
    New York Times ^ | Jan 13, 2017 | Anahad O'Connor
    What do households on food stamps buy at the grocery store? The answer was largely a mystery until now. The United States Department of Agriculture, which oversees the $74 billion food stamp program called SNAP, has published a detailed report that provides a glimpse into the shopping cart of the typical household that receives food stamps. The findings show that the No. 1 purchases by SNAP households are soft drinks, which accounted for 5 percent of the dollars they spent on food. The category of ‘sweetened beverages,’ which includes fruit juices, energy drinks and sweetened teas, accounted for almost 10...
  • Government testing online grocery shopping for food stamp participants

    01/06/2017 12:25:44 PM PST · by Red Badger · 50 replies
    www.cnbc.com ^ | 01-05-2017 | Jeff Daniels
    The U.S. Department of Agriculture plans to launch a two-year pilot program this summer with seven retailers to allow food stamp recipients the ability to purchase their groceries online. More than 44 million Americans participated last year in federal government's low-income food assistance program, called SNAP, or the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program. Last year, the average benefit each person received was just over $125.50 per month. "Online purchasing is a potential lifeline for SNAP participants living in urban neighborhoods and rural communities where access to healthy food choices can be limited," USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack said in a release. "We're...
  • USDA Announces Retailer Volunteers for SNAP Online Purchasing Pilot

    01/08/2017 10:17:09 PM PST · by cabojoe · 33 replies
    USDA ^ | Jan. 5, 2017 | USDA
    WASHINGTON, Jan. 5, 2017 - The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) today announced the seven retail firms selected to take part in a pilot designed to enable Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) participants to purchase their groceries online. The two-year pilot is slated to begin this summer. "Online purchasing is a potential lifeline for SNAP participants living in urban neighborhoods and rural communities where access to healthy food choices can be limited," USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack said. "We're looking forward to being able to bring the benefits of the online market to low-income Americans participating in SNAP."
  • Missouri Just Forced All Welfare Recipients to GET A JOB – Here Are The Results:

    01/02/2017 8:34:10 AM PST · by Cheerio · 68 replies
    Angry Patiot ^ | today? | Angry Patriot
    The state of Missouri took a stand against the generational dependence upon the government, forcing welfare recipients to get a job. Approximately 41,000 Missouri residents no longer have access to the welfare food stamps program after a new time limit law went into effect in 2015. The new state law was actually a reinstatement of welfare reform enacted during President Bill Clinton’s administration. The 1996 welfare law, which has now been reinstated, limited food stamps for able-bodies and childless adults to only three months out of every three years, America Now reports. Participants would continue to receive the taxpayer-funded benefits...
  • Millionaires, Drug Dealers And Senators Caught Using Food Stamps Illegally This Year

    12/26/2016 8:36:13 AM PST · by kevcol · 20 replies
    The Daily Caller News Foundation ^ | December 25, 2016 | Thomas Phippen
    An Arizona Democratic lawmaker was indicted for illegally getting food stamps and falsifying her application to the program in June. . . . An Ohio millionaire descended from Iranian royalty was indicted for welfare fraud in December after prosecutors allege he fraudulently took $45,000 in Medicare benefits and received $8,400 in food stamps. Mahvi, 65, insists that he is innocent, that even though he has an 8,000-square-foot home, complete with horse stables, a swimming pool, and a garage where he parks his Lexus, his family gets very little income and lives off of loans from friends.
  • Walker asks Trump to allow Wisconsin to drug test food stamp recipients

    12/20/2016 1:16:18 PM PST · by kevcol · 79 replies
    The Washington Examiner ^ | December 20, 2016 | Kelly Cohen
    Walker has long supported drug testing food stamp recipients, a policy he and Republican lawmakers approved in 2015 that has since been blocked by a federal court. Federal law does not allow states to impose drug tests on recipients of Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program benefits, better known as food stamps. "We have been forced to delay our implementation and are optimistic your administration will give states like Wisconsin the flexibility to provide the accountability the taxpayers demand," Walker said in his letter.
  • Carr: Have funds will travel for those on the dole

    12/07/2016 6:24:24 AM PST · by raccoonradio · 17 replies
    Boston Herald ^ | 12/07/16 | Howie Carr
    MassachusettsÂ’ EBT card holders are spending welfare cash in all 50 states, Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands, while patronizing or at least accessing ATMs in liquor and tobacco stores, beauty salons and tattoo parlors. In response to my public records request, the stateÂ’s Department of Transitional Assistance (DTA) turned over 18 months of EBT records from Jan. 1, 2015, to July 1, 2016. In all, the taxpayers shelled out $321 million in Temporary Assistance to Needy Families (TANF) to welfare recipients. In the 18-month period, more than $7.3 million in Bay State welfare funds were spent outside the state,...
  • Soft Drinks No. 1 Purchase by Food Stamp Recipients; $357,700,000 From 1 Grocery Chain

    11/22/2016 1:00:13 PM PST · by PROCON · 88 replies
    cnsnews.com ^ | Nov. 22, 2016 | Terence P. Jeffrey
    (CNSNews.com) - Soft drinks were the top commodity bought by food stamp recipients shopping at outlets run by a single U.S. grocery retailer. That is according to a new study released by the Food and Nutrition Service, the federal agency responsible for running the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), commonly known as the food stamp program. By contrast, milk was the top commodity bought from the same retailer by customers not on food stamps. In calendar year 2011, according to the study, food stamp recipients spent approximately $357,700,000 buying soft drinks from an enterprise the study reveals only as “a...
  • EBT Card Shutdown Apocalypse - Fatopotamus gets stupid after Card Gets Rejected!

    11/19/2016 8:52:08 PM PST · by hiho hiho · 26 replies
    YouTube ^ | Jun 7, 2016 | BARNEMAN
    https://youtu.be/uqxQ83iSYaY
  • Defiant (Muslim) Lovejoy grocer’s bail set at $2 million for food stamp fraud

    10/01/2016 3:02:46 PM PDT · by Morgana · 22 replies
    buffalo news ^ | August 24, 2016 | Melinda Miller
    The alleged food stamp fraud amounted to less than $4,000 and the burglary involved a vacant apartment with no threats to human life. But when it came time for Erie County Judge David Foley to set bail at a Lovejoy store owner’s arraignment Tuesday, he looked at the bigger picture. It’s going to take $2 million to get Ahmed Alshami out of jail. In setting the high amount, Foley noted that Alshami, 37, arrested Friday on four nonviolent felony charges, has 10 previous arrests – including two felonies. The defendant also has a history of not showing up for court...
  • GUN STAMPS

    10/04/2016 6:30:15 PM PDT · by Sean_Anthony · 12 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 10/04/16 | Greg Penglis
    Eligible Ballistic and Training EBT card If there is anything truly deplorable about conservatives, it is our deplorable lack of imagination, creativity, new ideas, resourcefulness, mental flexibility, and use of language. We could use a really strong injection of humor, and our own late night talk show host on TV as well. But all in due time. First, we have to work on our language skills. Second, we have to stop being stuck forever on defense. We let the Left write the words and terms we use, and that always defines the national debate in their favor. I’ve tried for...
  • Muslim Woman Caught Buying Soda With Food Stamps To Sell In Her Store

    Published on Sep 30, 2016 (NSFW LANGUAGE ALERT) Muslim Woman Caught Buying Soda With Food Stamps To Sell In Her Store There is gross abuse of the food stamp system. The checks and balances don’t work. Instead of just being a safety net for people who wouldn’t eat otherwise, food stamps have become a hammock for lazy people and an invitation for fraud. One man saw a Muslim woman spend a fortune on soda pop and he decided to confront her in the parking lot. He had the wits about him to record the entire conversation. Apparently, she had already...
  • Muslims mis-using foodstamps in America.

    09/30/2016 9:26:08 AM PDT · by blackbetty59 · 28 replies
    YouTube ^ | 9/30/2016 | blackbetty59
    Muslims using their EBT to buy soda, to resell. They are confronted by a lawyer who is watching what they are doing, and the fallout of him confronting them on their fraud.
  • Food stamps may soon be available for online shopping

    09/17/2016 12:50:27 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 67 replies
    Business Insider ^ | September 15, 2016 | Christina Beck, The Christian Science Monitor
    Online shopping has long been a boon for most Americans, whether they hate the scrutinizing stares of fellow shoppers, the chaos of big stores, or simply can't get out the door. Soon, modifications to the federal food stamp program, SNAP, might make the benefits of online shopping available to some who could need it most: the many recipients who live in areas where there are fewer healthy grocery stores, known as "food deserts." On Thursday, the Department of Agriculture began asking for companies to join a pilot project to allow SNAP recipients to purchase their groceries online. If successful after...
  • Following arraignment on food stamp fraud, Muslim immigrant’s wife and daughter flip the bird

    09/06/2016 6:18:56 AM PDT · by detective · 52 replies
    American Thinker ^ | September 6, 2016 | Thomas Lifson
    Shortened title. Full title: Following arraignment on food stamp fraud, deli owner Muslim immigrant’s wife and daughter flip the bird and yell ‘F**k America’ Deli owner Ahmed Alshami is being held on $2 million bond in Erie County New York, on multiple charges of food stamp fraud and burglary. He’s accused of criminal possession of public benefit cards, misuse of food stamps and criminal use of a public benefit card for defrauding the welfare system. Alshami’s little scheme consisted of buying food stamp cards (EBT cards) from people willing to sell them for cash, and would generally pay them half...
  • Feds detail alleged $16M food stamp fraud

    08/31/2016 12:44:49 PM PDT · by Signalman · 18 replies
    foxbaltimore.com ^ | 8/30/2016 | Christine Boynton
    BALTIMORE (WBFF) -- More than a dozen Baltimore-area retailers are accused of misusing food stamps and defrauding the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) of millions of dollars. The indictments, announced Tuesday, come roughly three years after nine local retailers were charged in what prosecutors described as a "$7 million scheme" of trading food stamps for cash. All the defendants in that case were convicted. "Last year the Dept. of Agriculture Inspector General brought to our attention that many Baltimore-area retailers were continuing to rip-off the food stamp program," United States Attorney for the District of Maryland Rod J. Rosenstein said...
  • A staggering percentage of Americans are too poor to shop

    07/08/2016 8:29:44 PM PDT · by dynachrome · 211 replies
    NY Post ^ | 7-6-16 | Lisa Fickenscher
    Retailers have blamed the weather, slow job growth and millennials for their poor results this past year, but a new study claims that more than 20 percent of Americans are simply too poor to shop. These 26 million Americans are juggling two to three jobs, earning just around $27,000 a year and supporting two to four children — and exist largely under the radar, according to America’s Research Group, which has been tracking consumer shopping trends since 1979.
  • Dem who opposed welfare fraud measure indicted – for food stamp fraud

    06/26/2016 8:09:05 AM PDT · by lowbridge · 32 replies
    Fox news ^ | June 24, 2016 | Brooke Singman
    An Arizona Democratic lawmaker who once voted against welfare fraud protections in her state has been indicted on felony charges of defrauding the food stamp program. According to the indictment unsealed earlier this week, state Rep. Cecilia Velasquez was charged with three felony counts: unlawful use of food stamps, fraudulent schemes and practices, and theft. The Arizona Department of Economic Security began investigating Velasquez in 2014. According to the Arizona DES, Velasquez fraudulently used $1,726 worth of food stamps between 2013 and 2015. This past February, Velasquez had voted against a bill aimed at giving the same state agency stronger...
  • The SNAP of Doom

    06/15/2016 7:01:22 AM PDT · by Lorianne · 35 replies
    Daily Impact, the ^ | 10 June 2016 | Tom Lewis
    There are stories that confirm our worries that the whole industrial system is about to come apart; and then there are stories that scare the crap out of us because they indicate that the collapse is ongoing and accelerating. This is one of those latter stories, one of those pre-apocalyptic cracks of doom that, like thunder, tell you it’s time to get ready. A Google search this morning finds no mention of this story in the industrial media, but it rages in the alternative sources (many of whom are weaving it into their previously established conspiracy theories as a deliberate...
  • EBT Card Outage? 8 Days Into June And Many Americans Are Still Waiting For Food Stamp Money

    06/09/2016 7:10:08 AM PDT · by COUNTrecount · 138 replies
    Zero Hedge ^ | June 9, 2016 | Tyler Durden
    Submitted by Michael Snyder via The Economic Collapse blog, Widespread reports continue to pour in from all over the nation of “glitches” with the food stamp system. It is eight days into the month and large numbers of people still have not received their benefits, and in other instances it is being reported that EBT cards are simply not working correctly. So what in the world is going on here? On downdetector.com there are scores of reports of problems with the EBT system from people all over the nation. Could this simply be another example of government incompetence, or is...
  • EBT Card Outage? 8 Days Into June And Many Americans Are Still Waiting For Food Stamp Money

    06/09/2016 8:20:28 AM PDT · by Salgak · 40 replies
    Economic Collapse blog ^ | 6/8/2016 | Michael Snyder
    Widespread reports continue to pour in from all over the nation of “glitches” with the food stamp system. It is eight days into the month and large numbers of people still have not received their benefits, and in other instances it is being reported that EBT cards are simply not working correctly. So what in the world is going on here? On downdetector.com there are scores of reports of problems with the EBT system from people all over the nation. Could this simply be another example of government incompetence, or is something else at work here?
  • (Video) Furious Woman Filmed Destroying a Convenience Store When Her Welfare Card is Rejected

    06/03/2016 6:03:38 AM PDT · by ghosthost · 86 replies
    YouTube ^ | 6-3-2016 | LiveLeak
    A woman destroyed a convenience store in the US after being told her benefits card would not be accepted. Shocking footage shows the woman throwing stock from shelves and screaming before being restrained and physically removed from the store.
  • Obama Food-Stamp Free-for-All: Feds Bust Largest Fraud Operation in U.S. History

    05/13/2016 10:54:40 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 64 replies
    Judicial Watch ^ | May 13, 2016
    President Obama’s expanded food-stamp program certifying flea market retailers as vendors to provide low-income neighborhoods with fresh produce has ripped open a Pandora’s Box of fraud and corruption. This week federal authorities in south Florida busted the largest food-stamp fraud operation in U.S. history. Twenty-two defendants in the largely black and Hispanic areas of Miami-Dade County known as Opa-Locka and Hialeah swindled the government out of $13 million by fraudulently trading food stamps for cash. The crooked vendors operated food and produce stands at a local flea market as part of First Lady Michelle Obama’s initiative to eradicate “food deserts,”...
  • Half of immigrant-led households collect welfare as admission rules go unenforced

    05/04/2016 6:52:41 AM PDT · by BradtotheBone · 18 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | May 4, 2016 | Stephen Dinan
    Immigrants are supposed to be beneficial to the U.S. — so much so that federal law requires them to prove they won’t end up on the public dole if they are legally admitted. But it’s a stricture honored more in the breach than in compliance, according to statistics obtained by the Federation for American Immigration Reform, which found that of the millions of legal immigrants living in the U.S. and collecting welfare or other public benefits, only a single person was kicked out of the country over the last three years for becoming a public burden. That seems to fly...
  • Give drug felons food stamps, many states now say

    04/18/2016 4:20:55 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 24 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Apr 18, 2016 11:55 AM EDT | Grant Schulte and Scott McFetridge
    Nebraska is desperate to stop the runaway growth of its prison population, but doing so depends a lot on people like Ronald Tillman. Tillman, 54, a paroled drug dealer who suffers from bipolar disease and a debilitating back injury, has lived since his 2013 release solely on his monthly $733 disability check. When his food runs short, he faces a choice that has costly implications for the state — if he gets caught. “Sometimes when you need food, you have to steal it,” said Tillman, a Navy veteran. “I’ve shoplifted a couple of times, just to eat that night and...
  • Maine On Track to Uncover Record Amount of Welfare Fraud

    04/13/2016 4:03:40 PM PDT · by kevcol · 23 replies
    CNS News ^ | April 13, 2016 | Eric Scheiner
    The Maine Department of Health and Human Services announced on Monday that it expects to surpass last year's record number of uncovered welfare fraud. "We're seeing an awful lot of welfare fraud," Director of Fraud Operations Tom Roth told WCSH-TV. "We definitely have more calls coming in than we have people to handle. Having the support from the state and the public is paramount, I think, to our success."
  • FCC plans $51 million fine over Lifeline program abuse

    04/08/2016 9:15:51 AM PDT · by kevcol · 20 replies
    WMUR ^ | April 8, 2016 | Charles Riley
    The Federal Communications Commission has announced plans to fine a mobile provider $51 million for defrauding its Lifeline program, which subsidizes wireless service for low-income Americans. The FCC accused California-based Total Call Mobile of fraudulently enrolling tens of thousands of duplicate and ineligible consumers in the Lifeline program. The company received an estimated $9.7 million dollars in improper payments since 2014, according to the FCC. In the fourth quarter of that year, 99.8% of the company's enrollments allegedly involved overriding a system designed to stop the registration of duplicate customers.
  • Maine Senate backs welfare reform bill, but penalty conflict looms

    04/08/2016 4:02:10 AM PDT · by kevcol · 4 replies
    Bangor Daily News ^ | April 7, 2016 | Michael Shepher
    The Republican bill would hold those who intentionally make illegal purchases under the law to existing penalties for violations including making false statements on forms. A first violation is a one-year suspension, the second is two years, and the third is a lifetime ban. Democrats have said that is too harsh for a violation as small as buying a pack of cigarettes. In their version, the penalty for a first violation would be restitution, the second would be a maximum three-month suspension, and it would be a six-month maximum for subsequent violations. Advocates of the bill have said the department...
  • Thousands of MS SNAP recipients no longer qualify under new gov't requirements

    04/04/2016 6:41:09 AM PDT · by kevcol · 35 replies
    NewsChannel10 ^ | April 3, 2016 | Shderia Thompson
    MADISON COUNTY, MS (Mississippi News Now) - Thousands of Mississippians receiving food stamp benefits no longer qualify for them under new government requirements. The new policy requires that single people between the ages of 18 and 49 who are able to work put in at least 20 or more hours on the job, volunteer, or enroll in a job-training program. While many folks admit they are not happy about this change, Food banks are bracing for the large number of low income families in need. "I thought it was rude and mean," said Mary Riley Walker. "You say if we...
  • Renewed requirement of work for SNAP recipients produces predictable liberal backlash

    04/03/2016 6:32:47 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 23 replies
    Hot Air.com ^ | April 3, 2016 | JAZZ SHAW
    There used to be a rule in place – part of the sadly abandoned movements toward welfare reform in the 80s and 90s – which required food stamps recipients to do at least some work in order to receive the benefits if they were childless and able bodied. That rule was suspended in most places since the beginning of the crash in 2007, but now that unemployment is allegedly back down to nominal levels and the economy is “stable” across most of the country, that exception is being rolled back. This, of course, has liberals up in arms. (WaPo) The...
  • Hundreds of thousands could lose food stamps as states restore limits

    04/03/2016 7:30:10 AM PDT · by kevcol · 62 replies
    New York Times ^ | April 2, 2016 | Robert Pear
    About 45 million people receive benefits in the food stamp program, now known as the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, or SNAP. The Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, a liberal-leaning research and advocacy group, estimates that 500,000 to 1 million people will lose benefits this year. The federal Food and Nutrition Service said many adults would need to take steps to meet work requirements or risk losing aid. . . . Ellen M. Vollinger, legal director of the Food Research and Action Center, an advocacy group, noted that the poet T.S. Eliot had described April as "the cruelest month," and...
  • State paying $390,000 a year in rent for Liberty Place call-center space [EBT, SNAP etc...]

    03/28/2016 8:03:26 PM PDT · by kevcol · 5 replies
    Lancaster Online ^ | March 28, 2016 | Tim Mekeel
    The [PA] state Department of Human Services will pay about $390,000 a year to rent space in Liberty Place for its newly opened call center there, a state official said Monday. . . . The call centers field calls from consumers seeking or receiving various types of public assistance. Consumers typically call to report changes in their address, income or household, to request replacement of EBT (electronic benefits transfer) cards and to inquire about the status of an application for benefits.
  • House bans use of EBT food-assistance cards at strip clubs, casinos, liquor stores

    03/18/2016 3:30:55 PM PDT · by kevcol · 69 replies
    Providence Journal ^ | March 17, 2016 | Katherine Gregg
    Before voting nay, Rep. Edith Ajello, D-Providence, said she supported the thrust of the bill, but felt — as the state's director of human services does — that the proposed penalties are too harsh. First offense: a one-month reduction in benefits; second offense: a three-month reduction in benefits. Anyone caught three times would be disqualified from the direct cash assistance program for a year.
  • Thousands of welfare recipients still using cards at liquor stores

    03/16/2016 10:32:48 AM PDT · by MtnClimber · 25 replies
    Watchdog.org ^ | 16 Mar, 2016 | Arthur Kane
    (Colorado) Between May and November last year, 5,000 welfare recipients withdrew taxpayer money more than 10,000 times at casinos, liquor stores and pot shops despite a new state law requiring agencies to block the abuse, officials told lawmakers Tuesday. The numbers, which show 9,204 withdrawals at liquor stores, 40 at racing establishments, 134 at marijuana shops and 737 at casinos are higher than the numbers Watchdog.org found in a similar six-month period in 2014, when we wrote stories that sparked the legislation. But Watchdog.org’s analysis was conservative and excluded many venues that sell both food and liquor, like Sam’s Clubs....
  • Obama Blames Republicans For Slow Economic Recovery

    03/04/2016 4:13:43 PM PST · by Nachum · 38 replies
    daily caller ^ | 3/4/16 | Connor D. Wolf
    President Barack Obama responded to reports of slow job growth Friday by blaming Republicans who have opposed parts of his economic agenda. The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) report found the economy added 242,000 new jobs in February. The latest number highlights a long-running trend of slow, yet positive, economic growth. Obama credits the growth to his agenda but its slowness to Republicans for their opposition to his plan. “The plans that we have put in place to grow the economy have worked,” the president declared in the Oval Office. “They would work even faster if we did not have...
  • No-frills supermarket chain Aldi to accept credit cards

    03/01/2016 2:03:22 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 76 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Mar 1, 2016 5:02 PM EST | Anne D’Innocenzio
    Aldi, the Germany-based no-frills supermarket chain, says it will now accept credit cards as it tries to attract more shoppers. Aldi had previously just accepted cash and debit cards. The move, announced Tuesday, should put more pressure on chains like Target, Wal-Mart and others. ...
  • Food Stamp Users Near Record High Despite Low Unemployment Rate

    03/01/2016 10:20:20 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 43 replies
    MRC TV ^ | 02/29/2016 | Nick Kangadis
    Despite the unemployment rate being at an eight-year low (4.9 percent as of January 2016), the number of people on food stamps remains near an all-time high which was 47,636,000 in 2013. Why the disparity in the numbers? Well, the unemployment rate does not take into account people who are not in, or have dropped out of, the workforce altogether. The Bureau of Labor Statistics reported in January of this year that approximately 94 million Americans are not participating in the workforce. But the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) has been hovering around 46 million participants since 2011. ...
  • Why Hotel Owners Hire Seasonal H1B's-Locals Don't Want to "Ruin" Their Benefits By Working

    02/26/2016 8:40:03 AM PST · by Be Careful · 33 replies
    Friends who own resort hotels dependent on high season occupancy on the West Coast tell me the same story over and over...Locals 'pretend' to apply for a job, so that they can check the 'Job Search' box on their unemployment requirement. They call by phone, hang up and are no shows for interviews. Or, they show up stoned. Or, they only want to work enough hours so that they don't 'ruin' their benefits....they actually say this. This is just the tip of the iceberg of the issue at hand. They 'pretend' to look for work, while the Employment Office 'pretends'...
  • The "Show Me State" shows taxpayers they're serious about stopping welfare fraud

    02/18/2016 6:08:36 PM PST · by Kaslin · 23 replies
    Hot Air.com ^ | February 18, 2016 | KRISTINA RIBALI
    Welfare fraud is an expensive problem that taxpayers everywhere are paying for, but in Missouri there is a movement in the state legislature to help stop the fraud. State Representative Marsha Haefner has filed legislation that “will allow the Department of Social Services to contract with a third party vendor and establish a eligibility verification system.” This is a central component of the Stop the Scam reforms being implemented recently in several other states. Modern technology allows multiple databases to be compared and can determine if people who are signed up for welfare services are actually qualify for taxpayer funded...
  • USDA rules would increase food stamp access to healthy foods

    02/16/2016 3:06:50 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 16 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Feb. 16, 2016 3:46 AM EST | Mary Clare Jalonick
    Retailers that accept food stamps would have to start stocking a wider variety of healthy foods or face the loss of consumers under proposed rules expected to be announced by the Agriculture Department on Tuesday. The rules are designed to ensure that the more than 46 million Americans who use food stamps have better access to healthy foods although they don't dictate what people buy or eat. A person using food stamp dollars could still purchase as much junk food as they wanted, but they would at least have more options in the store to buy fruits, vegetables, dairy, meats...
  • Over 1 million face loss of food aid over work requirements

    01/30/2016 10:50:58 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 93 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jan 30, 2016 11:20 AM EST | David A. Lieb
    More than 1 million low-income residents in 21 states could soon lose their government food stamps if they fail to meet work requirements that began kicking in this month. The rule change in the federal Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program was triggered by the improving economy - specifically, falling unemployment. But it is raising concerns among the poor, social service providers and food pantry workers, who fear an influx of hungry people. Recent experience in other states indicates that most of those affected will probably not meet the work requirements and will be cut off from food stamps. ...
  • Florida Sheriffs Make This BRUTAL Move Against Gang Of Welfare Leeches… The Party’s OVER

    01/27/2016 4:58:01 PM PST · by Duke C. · 56 replies
    AFF ^ | 1/23/16 | Dean James
    Law enforcement officers in Polk County, Florida have arrested 11 people for using stolen Electronic Benefits Transfer (EBT) cards. The arrests were made as the result of a year-long investigation.
  • Daugaard: Drug Testing for Welfare 'Somewhat Insulting'

    01/25/2016 12:02:27 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 38 replies
    KSFY ^ | Jan 22, 2016
    Gov. Dennis Daugaard says a measure to require some welfare applicants to pass drug tests would be a waste of money and "somewhat insulting." Daugaard said Friday that he hasn't previously been enthusiastic about similar proposals. Republican Rep. Lynne DiSanto is the measure's main House sponsor. Her plan would require applicants under 65 to be drug tested before receiving food stamps or cash assistance.
  • Missouri Gov Bureaucrat Faces Charges for Stealing $52K in Food Stamps

    01/07/2016 8:39:01 AM PST · by Bon of Babble · 21 replies
    Truth Revolt ^ | Jan. 7, 2015 | Tiffany Gabbay
    Missouri Department of Social Services eligibility specialist Pamela O’Dell faces criminal charges after she went on a shopping spree with $52,000 worth of food stamps she stole, according to a news release from the Department of Justice.
  • VIDEO: Woman Finds Out She's Approved For Welfare

    12/07/2015 1:52:04 PM PST · by Wolfie · 44 replies
    VIDEO: Woman Finds Out She's Approved For Welfare A video has been leaked on the internet which perfectly captures what life is like in President Barack Obama's America. Watch (below) as the woman reads a letter about welfare as if she might be winning the lottery. She opens it excitedly as she tells her children to leave her alone. At first, she can't understand what the letter means, but ultimately decides she's officially eligible to recieve taxpayer-funded benefits from the state. Another welfare queen who refuses to work. This is outrageous and is going viral! Watch before they take it...