William Thien

Does Massive Food Stamp Fraud Indicate a Need for More Oversight?

Posted on: August 23, 2014

An article appearing today on FoxNews.com indicates that massive fraud and abuse of the food stamp program SNAP, or Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, has been discovered and there may be a need for more oversight.

The article mentions that $76 billion dollars was paid out to 47 million recipients during the reporting period used. Doing the math on those numbers is frightening and should raise sudden and urgent alarms about SNAP. If you divide 76 billion, or the dollars paid out, by 47 million, or the number of recipients, which should give you the amount per recipient (the money is not distributed equally by the way as some receive more than others), you receive an average amount of $1,617 and change per recipient. Obviously some are probably receiving much more, some less.

You should know that SNAP is not the only such support program and sometimes recipients are receiving funds from several such programs at once to include other benefits such as rent assistance and many other government programs. Food assistance is apparently one of the easiest programs to abuse and sell the benefits to obtain alcohol, cigarettes, and in this report from FoxNews.com, recipients are using the SNAP benefits to pay for housing, art, and cash.

Here is a link to the article: http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2014/08/22/food-stamp-fraud-rampant-gao-report/

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