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  • 198 ensnared in Jacksonville food stamp fraud totaling $3.7M

    03/16/2018 5:40:03 PM PDT · by TigerClaws · 32 replies
    JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - Sheriff Mike Williams announced Tuesday the results of a multi-agency, undercover investigation into the exchange of Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program benefits for cash and, in at least one case, cocaine. From 2012 to 2017, Jacksonville Sheriff's Office detectives, working with federal and state agencies, documented more than 22,000 fraudulent transactions involving $3.7 million in taxpayer money. "These people are selling or stealing money from hardworking taxpayers right here in our community, and they are abusing a program that is meant to help people," Williams said. WATCH: More than a dozen arrested in Operation Half-Back Williams said that...
  • Massive food stamp fraud uncovered(!?)

    03/15/2018 11:59:47 AM PDT · by rktman · 43 replies ^ | 3/15/2018 | Thomas Lifson
    The very expensive ($70.9 billion in 2016) federal food stamp program (officially: Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, or SNAP) is an open invitation to fraud. The latest indicator comes from Jacksonville, Florida. (Channel 4 in Jacksonville) reports:
  • USDA: 35,891 Retailers Engaged in Food Stamp Fraud

    02/26/2018 5:47:06 PM PST · by Mount Athos · 36 replies
    cns news ^ | Terence P. Jeffrey | Terence P. Jeffrey
    The U.S. Department of Agriculture has published a report estimating that 35,891 food retailers around the country engaged in food stamp fraud, illegally “trafficking” more than $1 billion in Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program benefits annually over the three-year period from 2012 through 2014. “Retailer trafficking of Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits occurs primarily when SNAP recipients sell their benefits for cash to food retailers, often at a discount,” the USDA’s Food and Nutrition Service said in a summary of the report. “SNAP benefits are permitted for the purchase of eligible food items from authorized food retailers,” said the report....
  • Food stamp fraud and the opioid epidemic: More reasons to go to food boxes

    02/16/2018 8:16:42 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 16 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 02/16/2018 | Monica Showalter
    A couple years ago, someone who stole $3.5 million from the government food stamps program was sentenced year in jail. WORCESTER – A federal judge Monday sentenced a local woman to a year in jail and ordered her to forfeit $3.5 million and pay restitution in what lawyers said was the largest food stamp fraud case in Massachusetts history. Vida Ofori Causey, 46, owner of J&W Aseda Plaza at 753 Main St., pleaded guilty in December to charges of conspiracy to commit Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program benefits fraud, SNAP fraud, and money laundering in a $3.6 million cash-for-benefits scheme. The...
  • Report: 52 Percent of Non-Disabled Parents on Food Stamps Do Not Work

    02/15/2018 3:37:30 PM PST · by Hojczyk · 79 replies
    Breitbart ^ | Feburary 15,2018 | Katherine Rodriguez
    The report, from the Foundation for Government Accountability (FGA), found that 52 percent of able-bodied parents on food stamps were not working, even though they had no disabilities precluding them from seeking employment. FGA’s report, which cited the most recent USDA data from fiscal year 2015, added that more than 12 million able-bodied parents use food stamps—nearly three times the number of people in this group who enrolled in food stamps in the year 2000. The current federal policy states that able-bodied adults without children can only receive benefits from Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP)—the program in charge of food...
  • Liberals outraged: Trump wants to replace food stamps — with food!

    02/15/2018 11:15:25 AM PST · by Diana in Wisconsin · 181 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | 2-13-18 | Joseph Curl
    In his big budget proposal Monday, President Trump offered a novel idea: Instead of giving needy people stamps they can redeem for food, why not just give them actual food? As you might guess, liberals were enraged by the notion. How dare Mr. Trump try to take food stamps away from hungry people and give them — of all things — food? Here’s how the liberal HuffPost saw it: “Facing a trillion-dollar deficit because of his just-passed tax cuts, President Donald Trump has an idea for how to get some of that money back: making poor people eat beans and...
  • Trump wants to slash food stamps and replace them with a ‘Blue Apron-type program’

    02/12/2018 6:45:07 PM PST · by Sub-Driver · 177 replies
    Trump wants to slash food stamps and replace them with a ‘Blue Apron-type program’ By Caitlin Dewey February 12 at 6:57 PM The Trump administration wants to slash food aid to low-income families and make up the difference with a box of canned goods — a change that Office of Management and budget director Mick Mulvaney described in a Monday briefing as a “Blue Apron-type program.” “What we do is propose that for folks who are on food stamps, part — not all, part — of their benefits come in the actual sort of, and I don't want to steal...
  • Food Stamp Enrollment Drops by Four Million in One Month

    02/08/2018 7:49:03 AM PST · by gubamyster · 33 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 02/07/2018 | KATHERINE RODRIGUEZ
    Four million people dropped off the food stamp rolls in one month, according to the latest numbers on food stamp enrollment from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA). The latest USDA data show that the number of participants in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), the government program that administers food stamps, dropped from 45,666,795 in October 2017 to 41,658,868 in November 2017 — a staggering decrease of 4,007,927 over one month. Even though there was a temporary spike in enrollment, mostly concentrated in a few states that caused the national average of food stamp enrollment to spike, nationwide enrollment...
  • Dire Economic News Heartens Dems 2018 Election Hopes [semi-satire]

    01/08/2018 2:41:27 PM PST · by John Semmens · 4 replies
    Semi-News/Semi-Satire ^ | 7 Jan 2018 | John Semmens
    A trio of recently released economic statistics have boosted Democratic hopes of retaking the majority in the House and Senate later this year. First, in December, private employers increased payrolls by stepping up hiring and reducing layoffs. Second, unemployment among blacks fell to the lowest level since 1972. Third, the number of Americans on food stamps fell by two million. Democratic National Committee Chairman Tom Perez labeled these statistics “the starkest of warnings concerning the sad fate in store for average Americans under Republican government. Millions are being forced out of the social safety net so meticulously constructed for them...
  • Of welfare reform and eating the rich

    01/06/2018 3:46:05 PM PST · by Kaslin · 7 replies
    Hot ^ | January 6, 2018 | JAZZ SHAW
    There’s another round of arguments brewing over welfare reform (or “workfare” as we used to say in the 90s), this time caused by hints that the Trump administration would begin granting waivers to states that want to impose work requirements on able-bodied recipients of Medicaid. These waivers were all denied under the Obama administration but, as you might expect, things are different now.These rumors have led Washington Post editorial team member Elizabeth Bruenig to take to her keyboard and make a sweeping argument which goes far beyond the question of workfare. Taking time out to toss an endorsement to her...
  • Food Stamp Rolls Decline by More Than 2 Million in FY 2017

    01/04/2018 8:21:49 AM PST · by upchuck · 20 replies
    Wash Free Beacon ^ | Jan 3, 2018 | Ali Meyer
    The number of individuals receiving benefits from the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), otherwise known as food stamps, declined by more than two million in fiscal year 2017, according to data released by the Department of Agriculture. In fiscal year 2016, the number of individuals receiving benefits from the food stamp program totaled 44,219,363. In 2017, that number dropped to 42,182,443—a decline of 2,036,920. Food stamp participation has declined roughly 9 percent over the last four years. In fiscal year 2014, there were 46,663,872 individuals on food stamps. Historical data show that while the program has expanded greatly over time,...
  • States Where Welfare Recipients Are Paid More Than Minimum Wage

    12/30/2017 7:16:37 PM PST · by spintreebob · 35 replies ^ | Dec 30, 2017 | Lauren Hamer
    Is a low income or prolonged unemployment truly cause for financial stress? According to one study, not really. In some states, public assistance programs, or welfare, could pay more than full-time, minimum-wage jobs. Cato Institute’s 2013 Work Versus Welfare Trade-Off study totaled the welfare benefits offered in each state and compared that value with the wages workers would need to earn in order to have an equivalent take-home income. Cato found for long-term dependents, welfare actually pays pretty well. The study examined the package for a single mother with two children, who could use programs such as Temporary Assistance for...
  • Food stamp benefits to drop for some in 2018

    12/28/2017 4:29:33 PM PST · by bgill · 18 replies
    The Advocate ^ | Dec. 28, 2017 | Mark Ballard
    Guillory calculates the average SNAP benefit of $270.22 monthly will go down $6.50 to $263.72. “But at the same time the client will be receiving about $20 more per month from their other program benefits,” Guillory said. “Overall they’re better off. Their income has to go up for their SNAP benefits to go down.”... SNAP cost the federal government $71 billion in 2016. Of that amount about $1.4 billion was spent in Louisiana. About a quarter of all Louisiana households receive food stamps.
  • Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker Moving Ahead With Plan To Drug Test Food Stamp Users

    12/09/2017 10:59:42 AM PST · by blam · 36 replies
    Fox News ^ | 12-9-2017 | Frank Miles
    Wisconsin may become the first state in America to drug test able-bodied adults applying for food stamps, if Gov. Scott Walker gets his way. Walker moved ahead Monday with his plans, a move that has been blocked by the federal government or found unconstitutional when other states have tried. Wisconsin’s plan was approved by the Republican-controlled legislature more than two years ago, but it languished because it conflicted with federal rules prohibiting states from imposing additional eligibility criteria on food stamp recipients. Florida had a drug test requirement for food stamp recipients that a federal appeals court blocked in 2014,...
  • Many college students going hungry, need donated food groceries, food stamps.

    11/24/2017 11:55:31 AM PST · by Az Joe · 96 replies
    SF GATE ^ | 11/23/2017 | Nanette Asimov
    I thought there was a work requirement in order to get food stamps.
  • Nearly 1.5 Million Fewer Americans on Food Stamps Under Trump

    10/24/2017 7:53:12 AM PDT · by davikkm · 32 replies
    breitbart ^ | KATHERINE RODRIGUEZ
    Nearly 1.5 million Americans dropped off the food stamp rolls since President Trump’s inauguration in January 2017, according to the latest U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) statistics on food stamp enrollment. Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) participation dropped to 41,203,721 as of July 2017, the most recent data available from the USDA, from 42,691,363 in January 2017 when Trump took office. According to the latest data, SNAP enrollment decreased by 3.48 percent, or 1,487,642, since Donald Trump began his presidency. From May to July alone, nearly 400,000 Americans got off of food stamps, and the trend shows that enrollment has...
  • Virginia EBT System Down For SNAP Recipients

    08/17/2017 4:13:20 PM PDT · by Enlightened1 · 148 replies
    WDBJ ^ | 08/17/17
    ROANOKE, Va. (WDBJ) The contractor that maintains EBT services for Virginia's Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) is experiencing multi-state service problems. This has resulted in an EBT System outage. It is unknown when the system will be restored. SNAP clients can call (866) 281-2448 to check on the status of the system restoration. Clients can also call 2-1-1 to learn of food resources that might be available to supplement their needs during the temporary outage. Also, clients can call the Enterprise Customer Service Center at (855) 635-4370 with any additional questions related to their benefits.
  • Gangsters with Guns Threaten to Assassinate Trump Over Their “Mama’s Food Stamps, B*tch!”

    08/09/2017 5:02:17 AM PDT · by davikkm · 48 replies
    The USDA reported this week that 1.1 million people have dropped off the food stamp lists since the beginning of the year. According to Breitbart, participation in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) dropped to 41,496,255 in May 2017, the most recent data available from the USDA, from 42,691,363 in January 2017 when Trump took office. To most Americans that was welcome news. But not to this group of gangsters. These young men flashing guns released a video threatening to assassinate President Trump for taking their mama’s food stamps. Gangsta with gun: I really want to go to war with...
  • Local View: Foods stamps critical to the disabled, their families

    07/23/2017 3:33:24 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 15 replies
    The Columbian ^ | July 23, 2017 | Julie Watts and Darla Helt
    In the super-charged public debate on health care, many advocates are rightly calling attention to the importance of protecting the health needs of people with disabilities. But for many in Southwest Washington who are living with a disability — and for their families — having health insurance coverage is just one part of the struggle. Severe and chronic disabilities are often associated with a significant decline in earnings. For families with children who have disabilities, for example, parents are often forced to step back from work to care for their child — making it even more difficult to shoulder high...
  • Woman brags she’s “raping the government” by gaming the welfare system [VIDEO]

    07/21/2017 7:17:30 AM PDT · by KeyLargo · 32 replies
    Red Alert Politics ^ | July 19, 2017 | Lexie King
    Woman brags she’s “raping the government” by gaming the welfare system [VIDEO] By Lexie King | July 19, 2017 | Comments A new viral video shows a “Brooklyn mother of 3” bragging about how she takes advantage of welfare programs so that she doesn’t have to work. She is “proudly raping the government,” as she puts it. This video is proof that at least some Americans take advantage of the system. As of 2016, the Department of Agriculture claimed that approximately 44 million Americans relied on food stamps. On May 23, the Trump administration released the White House budget which...