USDA unveils steps to fight food stamp fraud

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Agriculture Department has come out with new steps to fight fraud in the federal food stamp program, which has taken central stage as Congress struggles to come up with a long-term farm policy bill.

The actions include giving the department new authority to both permanently disqualify and fine retailers who traffic in food stamps and requiring states to make use of federal databases, including prison and death records, to ensure that food stamp benefits go to those who are eligible.

The department says food stamp fraud is already at record lows due to increased oversight. But it is sensitive to any reports of abuse as Congress tries to pass a farm bill that provides almost $80 billion a year for the 46 million receiving food stamp benefits.

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  • by Anonymous on Aug 9, 2012 at 06:01 PM
    Yea that will happen, as soon as they find out there is fraud the justice department will file lawsuit saying there is discrimination against Mexicans, and blacks, and the dead.
  • by That's Rich on Aug 9, 2012 at 05:30 PM
    A bloated, inefficient government agency in charge of eliminating fraud of a bloated, inefficient government program. Yeah that is going to turn out well. Say good bye to a couple more billions of additional tax dollars. Wait Obama says there are plenty of tax dollars out there - at least for the people still working.
  • by usamerican Location: good ol' u.s. of a on Aug 9, 2012 at 03:08 PM
    I hope the added two very important details to the bill. 1. Mandatory drug test for each recipient and 2. Must be a U.S. citizen (born or naturalized) No more crackheads and illegals mooching for free!
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