Inside food stamp black market

  • Article by: Kim Severson , New York Times
  • Updated: December 18, 2013 - 9:11 PM

That type of fraud accounts for just over 1 percent of the total food stamp program, much less than in Medicare.

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raylottieDec. 18, 13 9:29 PM

Deceit is the nature of fraud, so how does the USDA know that the fraud rate is just over 1%. I'm willing to bet it is more than that…much more. As for Mr. Shinholster just wanting to help people, why did he keep 30% for himself? He earned his jail time.

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erikj3Dec. 18, 13 9:31 PM

I'm less concerned about someone buying beer and gas with food stamps than I am about millionaires getting millions of dollars in farm subsidies.

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NikoreDec. 18, 1310:01 PM

The fact that someone can keep a straight face and tell me that fraud accounts for only 1% is astonishing. Simply human nature dictates something probably 20 times that. I have seen first hand the entrepreneurial spirit of people offering to sell me the benefits I pay for a 50% cash value. Cut both the out of control spending on this and farm subsidies. ASAP.

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fisherboyDec. 18, 1310:28 PM

1% fraud rate... would guess that figure came from the bureaucracy that administers that government program. No one would ever cheat or steal from the government, just ask the IRS. If there was greater fraud than 1% than just maybe they bureaucrats would be held accountable. The DEA should investigate or study the the volume of food stamp benefits sold in drug transactions. Bet is more than 1% and that would be the ones they know about. Politicians promises of cutting waste from government programs is nothing more than a wasted breath.

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mgmckeDec. 18, 1311:21 PM

All the conspiracy theorists are out in force tonight. They all want to convince you it’s a great left wing plot to get people hooked on government handouts or that these people are selling their benefits to pay for their BMW. You have a $300 utility bill 4 months over due. You get notified that unless you pay half of it, $150 by Friday, your utilities are being shut off. Do you worry about food 3 weeks from now, or heat and lights this weekend? Of course you sell your SNAP benefits for 70 cents on the dollar and pay your families’ utilities bill. Better a hungry child than a frozen one in the dark. There but for the grace of God go I and I will not judge.

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