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EBT card scam costing taxpayers $750M yearly

Thursday, May 24, 2012

The government is trying to crackdown on food stamp recipients who are costing taxpayers $750 million dollars a year by illegally selling their benefit cards on eBay and Craigslist for cash.

The agriculture department wants to give states more power to investigate people who repeatedly claim to lose their benefit cards and then ask for replacements. The proposal would allow states to demand formal explanations from people who seek replacement cards more than three times a year. Those who don't comply can be denied further cards.

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