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Malkin: EBT Abuse: The Cash-for-Drunkards Program

By Michelle Malkin

From New York to New Mexico and across the dependent plains, welfare recipients are getting sauced on the public dime. Drunk, besotted, bombed. But while politicians pay lip service to cutting government waste, fraud and abuse, they're doing very little in practice to stop the EBT party excesses. Where's the compassion for taxpayers?

You see the signs everywhere: "We accept EBT." Fast-food restaurants do. Clothing retailers do. Auto repair shops, liquor stores and even sushi joints are joining the club. "EBT" stands for the federal government's electronic benefits transfer card, which is intended to provide poor people with food stamps and cash assistance for basic necessities. The two separate programs were combined into one ATM-like card designed to reduce the "stigma" attached to Nanny State dependency, and -- voila! -- an entirely new method of mooching was born.

If the idea was to eliminate the embarrassment of life on the dole, the social justice crowd succeeded phenomenally. Last weekend, the New York Post blew the lid off scammers who brazenly swiped their EBT cards "inside Hank's Saloon in Brooklyn; the Blue Door Video porn shop in the East Village; The Anchor, a sleek SoHo lounge; the Patriot Saloon in TriBeCa; and Drinks Galore, a liquor distributor in The Bronx." Out: Cash for clunkers. In: Cash for drunkards!

My home state of Colorado has seen similar abuse. Last year, local TV station 9NEWS reported that more than $40,000 was withdrawn from ATMs in metro-area liquor stores despite prohibitions against such spending. Colorado EBT users also splurged at Denver's Elitch Gardens amusement part, Disneyland, Universal Studios in Los Angeles and on the Las Vegas strip.

In New Mexico, Jim Scarantino of Watchdog.org reported that in just a three-month period, EBT cards were used at multiple liquor stores, girly bars, smoke shops and casinos both inside and outside the state. Californians are notorious EBT fraud artists; some $70 million in EBT funds were withdrawn from outside the state's borders over the past several years, including nearly $12 million taken out in Las Vegas. Watchdog.org kept tabs on government workers in Connecticut, Indiana, Iowa and Wisconsin nabbed in EBT fraud rings and schemes.

Several state legislatures have barred EBT spending on these vices, along with tattoo parlors, lottery tickets and cigarettes. Last February, President Obama signed GOP-backed welfare reform measures into law aimed at closing the so-called "strip club loophole" and preventing welfare recipients from blowing their cash benefits on booze, porn and gambling. But that law doesn't go into effect until next year. And many politicians are just shrugging their shoulders, muttering "Whaddya gonna do?"

Here's a radical idea: How about making taxpayer protection a priority for once and, yes, getting serious about strengthening the stigma on bottomless entitlement dependency and entitlement abuse?

According to the Department of Agriculture, illegal food stamp use costs the public upward of $750 million a year. A report by the Government Accountability Institute last fall revealed that "few security measures are in place to monitor EBT card fraud. ... Nationwide, the USDA has approximately 100 investigators policing over 200,000 authorized EBT retailers." In Florida, the report noted, 63 investigators carry the burden of policing more than three million EBT users.

Excuse-makers for the welfare-takers emphasize that both eligibility fraud and EBT card trafficking fraud are minuscule. But a bottle here, a case there, a pole dance here, a lap dance there, and soon it all starts to add up. With food stamp rolls exploding under both Republican and Democratic administrations while enforcement resources shrink nationwide, EBT has taken on a whole new meaning: Exploitation of Broke Taxpayers. Shame.

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Michelle Malkin is the author of "Culture of Corruption: Obama and his Team of Tax Cheats, Crooks and Cronies" (Regnery 2010).

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  1. aintlifegreatComment by aintlifegreat
    January 11, 2013 @ 9:12 am

    Michelle by-golly Malkin for president!

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    • rattlerjakeComment by rattlerjake
      January 11, 2013 @ 9:40 am

      relationship between socialism, marxism, and communism and how democrats and Obama all relate. I’m posting it every chance I get. Sorry for length of this video. It speaks a serious message! This is an absolutely a must see video. Take the time to watch this. It is truly unbelievable. Don’t let your ideology get in the way. Keep an open mind. http: //vimeo . com/52009124

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    • Blu OwenComment by Blu Owen
      January 11, 2013 @ 11:37 am

      I am intentionally posting this on the first comment to give it the widest readership because I believe this is something every taxpayer should consider because it is doable.

      Why with the technology we have today do they not severely restrict getting cash. Many people today can now receive payment for almost anything with a cell phone. A simple requirement should be that anyone that is eligible to accept an EBT card must document on the transaction what it was for rent, clothes, food, or gas or whatever.
      All stores should be required to put into their point of sale systems what products are eligible to be used with an EBT card, if it is not eligible then it will not be paid for.
      This then creates a paper trail on what is actually being purchased. This would make fraud much easier to detect and track.
      A simple example would be if the person was paying their rent or utility bill it would be easier to check if it was for the same address that the benefits were assigned to. Let’s start using technology to our advantage.

      I believe we need to look for answers not just complain.

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    • susieqComment by susieq
      January 11, 2013 @ 11:46 am

      Duh…who said these moochers were stupid? Why be a drone when you can be a class a rip-off artist? Now they can stay home and watch Jerry Springer all day to find out “Who’s their DaddY?”

      Why, the government of course and all the sucker tax payers…yes, another example of our government hard at work…

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    • inluminatuoComment by inluminatuo
      January 11, 2013 @ 1:18 pm

      Instead of posting online maps and names of who owns guns, we should do map pinouts with names of people who are issued and are using EBT cards. We lost control when we ceased the embarrasment of having to pay with food stamps. Now the social parasites flash their EBT cards like they are Donald Trump flashing a no-limit credit card, which in essence these turds have become and stink just as bad, backed by what we sill soon find are are NOT unlimited tax receipts. Feed the poor but forget the cards. Make them go to the food warehouses in their gleaning, to get basic food substances. Anything over an above that they can pay out of their own pockets. Just go to any Casino in Oklahoma and see how many social parasites are gambling on YOUR money. When you pay for their food it just frees up their own money that should have been used to sustain themselves in dignity, but now thanks to government pre-determinators of human outcome, get diverted to their immediate gratification, and indignity of gambling, drinking and doing drugs with YOUR re-distributed money. Fungible money re-distributed to fungus like brains. Money never allowed to be invested in the American economy but consumed by PResident parasite and his horde of vote purchased social leeches.

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  2. bowlanComment by bowlan
    January 11, 2013 @ 9:17 am

    why does that surprise any one.

    almost 50 million people are on food stamps.

    most of the customer base these businesses have are now on food stamps.

    they ever accept food stamps for payment or they go belly up.

    its going to get a lot worse over the next 4 years.

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    • sandyinindyComment by sandyinindy
      January 11, 2013 @ 12:10 pm

      This is correct. These “vendors” want/must have this fraud business. The Feds, I think, don’t want this stopped. The WANT this growth in dependency.

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  3. tps12Comment by tps12
    January 11, 2013 @ 9:19 am

    We can’t find no waste cut.
    The card should be for food only, and maybe it would be good for all citizens to see the taxpayer money being spent. What did it cost to do the cards so we would’nt know.

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    • pistol packing mamaComment by txgoatlady
      January 11, 2013 @ 9:27 am

      While I think Michelle is wrong about the stigma discouraging the abusers (they don’t care if people know they are moochers), you may have a point about making sure the taxpayers can tell when someone is using food stamps or welfare. It might make them more likely to complain to their legislators and demand that something be done. Especially when they see those people push their grocery cart full of taxpayer funded food out to their new car.

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    • rattlerjakeComment by rattlerjake
      January 11, 2013 @ 9:33 am

      This whole system is flawed in that there should be NO money passed out. There should be “soup kitchens” set up where these people can go with a government issued ID and get a meal. Passing out money, as seen in the public education system is just a waste.

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  4. servant1951Comment by servant1951
    January 11, 2013 @ 9:35 am

    I love Michelle Malkin, and I am at least as conservative in my beliefs as she is, so please accept my response with that in mind. The use of EBT cards has not increased the abuse of food-stamp funding or funding from other socials services. The only difference is that you now can track the use. In the past, the paper tokens were exchanged in “certain shops” for cash at the rate of 50 cents to as dollar. Social Services checks was cashed in, and cash was used in liquor stores and other non-intended places. Also have in mind that the overwhelming majority of assistance recipients eats as the rest of us, and use the assistance in the intended manners. The EBT cards has simplified life for the abuser of the system, but the percentage of funding used for non-intentional purposes probably has not increased. The dollar amount tracked by the system is probably double of what they previously estimated as abuse, but that must be explained by the fact that the abuser now abuse the full traceable dollar instead of only the 50 cent of each dollar available to them in the past. The other 50 cent was used as intended to buy legitimate food, but this time by another abuser that had no right to these food-stamps in the first place.
    I understand taxpayer outcry on this, but, as so often in these situations, we look for perfection. Let me suggest that, even as I agree fully that the system is being scammed by these individuals, it is a miniscules amount if compared to the abuse of public or taxpayer funding by the organized labor movement. If the abuse of funding by labor unions need to be explained, I’ll leave that for another post.

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    • bizzybuzzerComment by bizzybuzzer
      January 11, 2013 @ 11:11 am

      FYI, your post posted twice. Good post, Thanks. My comment to you is about where you say “it is a minuscules amount if compared to the abuse of public…etc”.
      Personally I cannot look upon any abuse as a minuscule amount.
      Michelle point that out as well. I think she agrees with me. Senator Tom Coburn (R) OK (Called Dr NO in congress) has published a long list of foolish spending, called Pork, and every time he mentions any of the items congress says the same thing. “Oh, well, that is not enough to make any difference when it comes to our national debt !” Sorry, but they are dead wrong, but why should we be surprised when they say that ? Why must everything in congress and the head of the president be considered vote worthy ? Meaning, can I use this to get votes for me. Votes are for the voter. And one more thing…I wish they would stop calling the president or congress our leaders.

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    • servant1951Comment by servant1951
      January 11, 2013 @ 9:16 pm

      Replying to bizzybuzzer: I saw the double posting, but I found no way to delete one of them. Sorry. I agree fully with you that no amount of abuse is too small to be addressed. However, it seems a little petty to start the campaign of recuperating funding by attacking a “soft” target such as those that have fallen for hard times, while letting the unions, and government agencies/contractors etc. continue “business as usual”. The welfare recipient, in general, is a person with a need for basic assistance. Unions and other government agencies/contractors are ripping off the taxpayer because of greed, and greed only. We are all “greatly offended” when someone “wastes our hard earned money” by selfishly indulge in immoral acts such as drinking, gambling, and even prostitution. I am more offended when someone that is already overpaid beyond comparison, such as said unions and agencies, steals, openly from our tax resources, and with no shame. They actually brag about it, and threatens with strikes if we are not letting them steal more. Good riddance. I would rather let a few dollars be missing on a drunk than another dime stolen by socialistic income or wealth re-distribution.

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  5. servant1951Comment by servant1951
    January 11, 2013 @ 9:40 am

    I love Michelle Malkin, and I am at least as conservative in my beliefs as she is, so please accept my response with that in mind. The use of EBT cards has not increased the abuse of food-stamp funding or funding from other socials services. The only difference is that you now can track the use. In the past, the paper tokens were exchanged in “certain shops” for cash at the rate of 50 cents to as dollar. Social Services checks was cashed in, and cash was used in liquor stores and other non-intended places. Also have in mind that the overwhelming majority of assistance recipients eats as the rest of us, and use the assistance in the intended manners. The EBT cards has simplified life for the abuser of the system, but the percentage of funding used for non-intentional purposes probably has not increased. The dollar amount tracked by the system is probably double of what they previously estimated as abuse, but that must be explained by the fact that the abuser now abuse the full traceable dollar instead of only the 50 cent of each dollar available to them in the past. The other 50 cent was used as intended to buy legitimate food, but this time by another abuser that had no right to these food-stamps in the first place.
    I understand taxpayer outcry on this, but, as so often in these situations, we look for perfection. Let me suggest that, even as I agree fully that the system is being scammed by these individuals, it is a miniscules amount if compared to the abuse of public or taxpayer funding by the organized labor movement. If the abuse of funding by labor unions need to be explained, I’ll leave that for another post.

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    • sandyinindyComment by sandyinindy
      January 11, 2013 @ 9:56 am

      I have followed Allen West and the call he made for cutting spending and fraud. In his first week, He found duplicate agencies & fraud that he was able to cut immediately. Mr. West, in HIS FIRST WEEK, called out to all of Congress to look at their state’s budget/expenditures and do the same: $30,000,000 at a rate of several hundred Reps & Senators DID mean something to taxes needed to cover fraud even when this was just a quick scan over spending!

      I have long said, the Feds should not be doing the work that the States should be doing. I can NOT thing of one function the feds to well, NOT ONE.

      TAXES SHOULD BE PAID TO THE STATE and the State pays any Federal Taxes that’s due for Military and any other BARE BONES work we even need from the Feds.

      The Feds are NOT capable nor have the appetite to control spending. Local governments have a more critical eye closer than DC where our employees are thinking of ways for them to become more powerful not their jobs to us. Why should I send $ to DC only for the people I vote for to spend their time to petition for Pork?! That is OBSCENE and a typical of what our Feds “think” is the way it should be done. DC wins, we get…well, you know.

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  6. glennComment by glenn
    January 11, 2013 @ 10:02 am

    For those that think there is little abuse you live in a dream world. I look at the grocery carts and they are loaded with soda, chips, junk food and micro wave food. They are too lazy to fix a decent meal. Yes in Arizona you can tell them not only by looking at the grocery carts, most are also o beast but the card has a big Arizona on the front of it. The government wants to ban soda’s or fattening food for the rest of us but refuses to do so for the welfare group.

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    • conserveusa38Comment by conserveusa38
      January 11, 2013 @ 7:00 pm

      These people give a really bad rap to the ones who are actually in need. I know someone close to me who genuinely needs help and only receives food stamps. Meaning that the money only goes to food in a grocery store. Not everyone is fat and lazy to correct the comment above. Some people are struggling so badly in tis economy right now and they are not proud to be taking anything from the government at all. My friend is very embarrassed considering they worked hard their entire lives but got laid off and are just going through a really tough time.

      Why don’t they bust some of these businesses for committing fraud too? It is insane for anyone to be able to use a food card for anything listed in this article. I live in a small town so that does not happen here but I know it happens in my state. Actually my state is one of the states that they found a huge number of fraud and do not even know who is on EBT and who is not. What a mess! I say fire all these people for not doing their jobs too and get people in there who know what they are doing. All these mooching individuals take away from our real poor and tax payers. When they are caught they should be punished…fined…jailed if they cannot repay the state. That seems fair to me!

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  7. shafawnComment by shafawn
    January 11, 2013 @ 10:13 am

    Party all the way to the po house… go go Americans!

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    • sonofthealamoComment by sonofthealamo
      January 12, 2013 @ 3:30 pm

      im in the po house mine aint no party wait i worked all my life and dont qualify sorry let me get back cooking my beans

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  8. prairelivingComment by praireliving
    January 11, 2013 @ 10:50 am

    Why exactly is it so bad to face a little embarrassment because you are getting assistance from the government? During the depression my grandma and great aunt went to the public relief distribution because they literally had no food and had two small children. They pushed their baby carriages all the way to the place and back crying the entire time because they felt so bad they needed help. It was the first and last time they went…they found other ways to get food (like my grandfather fishing all day and selling the fish to taverns and others who didn’t have time to fish) because it hurt so much to admit they needed public assistance. We’ve created a whole generation of takers and people who expect to get whatever they want from the government.

    My sister has a friend who explains it this way “Welfare should be a safety net, not a hammock”. That sums it up I think.

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    • sam236Comment by sam236
      January 11, 2013 @ 5:17 pm

      You’re exactly right, prairieliving!

      I’m ashamed to say I’ve got a cousin who’s been a druggie for 30 years. When he and his druggie girlfriend relocated to a new state, the FIRST PLACE they went was the welfare office to get their EBT cards. It’s a disgusting abuse of honest, hardworking taxpayers.

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    • sonofthealamoComment by sonofthealamo
      January 12, 2013 @ 3:26 pm

      then after years of frying his brain he will qualify for a disability check and wont have to worry about drug money

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  9. bizzybuzzerComment by bizzybuzzer
    January 11, 2013 @ 11:19 am

    I have often wondered why Harry Reid keeps getting reelected in Las Vegas. Maybe this has a little something to do with it. Can’t think of anything else, unless it is just to get him out of town. A bill passed to stop abuse of the EBT card you say, and Reid got it extended for a year ? That’s worth tracking.
    I would say let the voters put limits on these cards but it looks like the voters today would vote for no limits.

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    • sandyinindyComment by sandyinindy
      January 11, 2013 @ 11:59 am

      Watching his last re-election: He committed voter fraud. He was more than 8 points down after the polls closed and counted. Then, as miracles happen not only at Christmas, he is called the Victor the next morning. Reid has very much over-stayed his welcome and is roundly disliked. But I bet he is going to be another bad penny like Barney Franks. I hope not, I think the entire country is ready for him to buy Depends and Retire.

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  10. rickinnevComment by rickinnev
    January 11, 2013 @ 11:37 am

    I say Watson, it’s Elementary Simple..

    When you had Pelosi flying all over the country in her “Private Taxpayer funded Jet” & the Obama’s sucking up $1.4 Billion in vacation expenditures..and the billions the other scum in Congress rape the American Taxpayer for personal pleasures..combined with these EBT Cocktail Cards..secession comes to mind doesn’t it? The ONLY WAY to kill this Beast is to starve it and cut off the tax $$ from those of us that work that feed it.

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  11. j64ply383Comment by j64ply383
    January 11, 2013 @ 11:37 am

    While I whole heartedly agree with Michelle, we must be carefull. I’m sure it is not her intent, but it could be concluded that she is suggesting the need for more government employees (state or otherwise)to monitor for fraud. We should start first by not allowing EBT cards to be used at the establishments in question.

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    • leithel1Comment by leithel1
      January 12, 2013 @ 10:08 pm

      I’m thinking that Michelle is telling you that three million EBT cards in a State that has a population of six million is a few too many with EBT cards. I would think also that it is like obama phones, more than one in each pocket.

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  13. dmttbt6Comment by dmttbt6
    January 11, 2013 @ 12:57 pm

    If there is a family that is going hungry or are mistreated or neglected and the parent or parents are drunks, you can give that family a million dollars. Come back in a year and you will find the same conditions except for bigger drunks.
    I do not advocate the use of marijuana or any other drug, because there are concequeces. Now look around and see if there are negative consequences for consuming legal alcoholic drinks. At least the drugs are not legal, but the alcohol is legal and taxed and causes more pain and missery than the drugs. With the drugs there can and usually is an overdose that kills the person doing the drug. With alcohol the one drinking is not usually the one that dies or is mutilated.
    As for public vanity, there use to be stocks on the town square where the ones who did wrong were put for all to see while they were being punished. I still think that is a great idea. and as for the children who are abused by the drunks, the orphanage doesn’t look all that bad.

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    • inluminatuoComment by inluminatuo
      January 11, 2013 @ 1:33 pm

      Require that the words EBT be tattoo’s on their foreheads before the cards are issued and we will soon see how hungry they really are, and just how fast they can provide for their own food.

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  14. gimmesometruthComment by gimmesometruth
    January 11, 2013 @ 1:15 pm

    Where are the ANONYMOUS hackers when America really needs them. Who do you think benefits IMMENSELY by the EBT program? It’s the WALL STREET BANKSTERS.

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  15. roadrunner50Comment by roadrunner50
    January 11, 2013 @ 1:25 pm

    Years ago one had to appear at an authorized store to pick up powdered milk, cheese food (like Velveeta), butter, flour and a few other basic foods. No money to use as you please – just food so you didn’t starve. Only the truly needy chose to do this. Still, I remember a news article showing a welfare family proud of their new TV dish (when this was new technology) that they bought “with their own money, not from welfare.” I wondered as a kid why they couldn’t buy their own food with that money and stay off of welfare. Most working families couldn’t afford a TV dish – only got 2 channels at that time.

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  16. roadrunner50Comment by roadrunner50
    January 11, 2013 @ 1:38 pm

    In a way it is a “reverse re-distribution of wealth”. Many EBT card holders spend an inordinate amount of money on lottery tickets, booze and cigarettes. The taxes & lottery money goes back to the state and sent out again as welfare creating a cycle. Now, if we could just get the sales taxes on drugs and lap dances …

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  17. maximusprime1Comment by maximusprime1
    January 11, 2013 @ 2:35 pm

    True stories.
    At Aldi cheap food store I watched a couple from Pakistan I think try and use their EBT card that spoke ZERO English. They finally understood the EBT card was empty. The man reached into his pocket took out a wad of 100′s t least 1 inch thick and paid the bill. They left the building and got in a brand new Lexus Rx350 a $60,000 SUV and drove away.
    At a 7/11 quick mart I saw a man pay $3.79 for a gallon of milk. On the way out of the building I mentioned to him that 1/2 a block down the road a discount food store had milk at $1.79 a gallon and the he could buy 2 gallons for the price of 1. He told me it’s NOT my money its the states money. When I tried to explan he could get 2 gallons for the pric of 1 he said “you don’t understand, its the states money not mine.” I told him to have a nice day and walked away.
    Another day at Aldi again there was a woman dressed to the 9′s, very expensive leather coat down to her ankles, gold and a very expensive handbag who used the EBT card and then went out to her new Lincoln Navigator and drove away.
    At another food store I was approached by someone who wanted me to give him cash, 50% coat to me and he would pay with his EBT card.
    Cook County IL is awash in this type of graft.

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    • smthnsmllsnthewhthowsmstbobaaaamaComment by smthnsmllsnthewhthowsmstbobaaaama
      January 11, 2013 @ 4:05 pm

      Next time, just write down the store you saw the crime(s) being committed, their license plate numbers and a description of the individual (hair color, height, weight, eye color, male or female, all the details you can get down on your note pad), be careful that you are not caught by the culprits, and report them to their local welfare departments and government offices anonymously if you can. Every single person you help to catch is another that is removed from the bilking of our tax dollars. If you can befriend someone and then get their name, that would really help the government and authorities.

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    • whiteghostComment by whiteghost
      January 11, 2013 @ 10:20 pm

      One of my best friends’ parents are from Bangladesh. They are VERY wealthy! More than I could ever fathom. They live so poor though. Nice houses and cars but on the inside its nothing lavish at all. I don’t understand it. I know they do not have federal aid, but I do know a lot of them do and still they still have the mansion and cars. I don’t get it.

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    • sonofthealamoComment by sonofthealamo
      January 12, 2013 @ 3:20 pm

      you know too if that pakistan man told on someone or helped the troops he will qualify for a ssi check to go along with the foodstamps just tell on someone while i worked my whole life to getit

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    • prairelivingComment by praireliving
      January 12, 2013 @ 4:43 pm

      And yet us hard working Americans drive old cars, cut coupons and buy only what is on sale to make our grocery budget each month, and stretch every penny we can. My kids don’t know what it is to go to a ‘regular’ store to buy clothes…it’s rummage sales or resale shops (and for the record they dress very well and with name brands)…and they see us making choices to save money. It was how I was raised and how my parents were too.

      My sister works in a public school system in a major city and said that the high school kids wear all name brands bought brand new, claim they can only wear the bright white athletic shoes until they get a little dirty, and yet still are all on assistance for lunches and EBT at home.

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  18. greyhairComment by greyhair
    January 11, 2013 @ 3:10 pm

    I don’t think this applies to those who receive only food stamp credits. I think they are only allowed to buy food with it.

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  20. flpbpressComment by flpbpress
    January 11, 2013 @ 8:41 pm

    The solution is simple. All EBT cards shall carry the identical first four digits, as in “3741.” that leaves 12 digits, or one trillion possible combinations, from 0000 0000 0000, to 9999 9999 9999.

    Since the population of the US is only 320 million, and of these, less than 100 million are eligible for EBT cards, it should not be a whole lot of trouble.

    ATMs in certain locations (liquor stores, casinos, other gambling establishments, etc.) shall be programmed to reject cards carrying the assigned first four digit code

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  21. knanComment by knan
    January 11, 2013 @ 8:42 pm

    The USDA, who is the agency that hands out “welfare” to farmers like me is also the one that doles out the money for food stamps. In fact 80% of the farm program is spent for public aid and not on farmers. As farmers, all the money we’ve been paid for each item in the farm program over the past ten years is posted online, along with our name and town. Why aren’t all the rest of the recipients in the “farm” program subject to the same scrutiny? Years ago when the farm prices were so low, I welcomed the assistance I received from the WIC program. But it was set up to get only what food item was printed on each voucher. Why can’t food stamps and other welfare be set up the same?

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    • leefromokComment by leefromok
      January 11, 2013 @ 10:23 pm

      Most people don’t know that food stamps come out of the farm program.
      The farm program is a scam.
      They set target prices that have farmers operating at a loss.
      They manipulate prices by predicting bumper crops a year ahead of time.
      The futures market makes people like Hilary rich without her even smelling a cow and that money is money that should be in the pockets of the farmers.
      They write (green laws) and regulations that put family farmers out of business while exempting corporate farms. And it is the corporate farms that are polluting the land.
      Then there are presidents like Carter that probably ruined as many farmers as the dust bowl!
      Family farmers are at the bottom of the economic food chain.
      Once family farmers are put out of business, the country won’t be far behind!

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  22. truckmanComment by truckman
    January 11, 2013 @ 9:30 pm

    How are they doing that? In Nevada the machines won’t ring up anything on the Banned list. The registers know what is and isn’t covered,and when the purchase is done,the person is billed for everything not covered. Pretty hard to fool the machines.

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  23. whiteghostComment by whiteghost
    January 11, 2013 @ 10:12 pm

    I’m 28 years old, my husband is 31, we have been married for 6 1/2 years, which I know isn’t that much time. BUT… My husband and I both grew up poor. We always had what we needed from our parents, whether it was food, clothes, love, or discipline. Though we both lived BELOW the poverty line… We NEVER grew up on federal assistance. Not because we didn’t qualify, but because our parents did everything in their power to provide. My dad worked his *** off and my mom stayed home to raise my sister and me. My mom has even told me that her and my dad would go hungry so my sister and I could eat and be healthy. I’m sure the same happened with my husband. I cannot even fathom thinking my parents could ever get federal assistance and throw it away on booze or porn instead of their family. What is wrong with this country?!? Where does this entitlement come from?? I have a 4 year old son, and he is lucky because he has more than I could have ever imagined growing up. Maybe that isn’t a good thing, but I will do all that is in my power to instill respect and gratitude into him. My husband and I have been blessed beyond measure to have degrees and careers. Thanks to our parents who have given it there all and still do to this day. If I can ever be half that to my son, I hope and pray this country still has a future of honest, hard working individuals and his parents and grandparents, and I’m sure most of you have worked for. I know there are more of us out there. I hope this country still has faith in us young patents to instill the right morals and values in them. I just pray it isn’t too late. God bless us all.

    I’m all for immigration legally, but being from Texas I can tell you most of the people seeking federal aid are not even America citizens. It frustrates me tremendously to pay for these people’s health insurance and food stamps with our hard earned income when they put nothing forth. I can only hope this will change, but not with Obama in office. He seems to want to only bankrupt us as a nation and send us into a deep depression. What kind of president does that?!?

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  25. gsreaganComment by gsreagan
    January 12, 2013 @ 11:04 am

    There will always be corruption with the EBT system. It’s full of loop holes. Cash from ATMs anywhere will be used anywhere, bars, strip clubs, race tracks, casinos, etc, etc. So, nothing will change. I would wager one could even get a cash advance with a small purchse at WalMart. Typical government program. It’s losers being bigger losers.

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    • rightlane1111Comment by rightlane1111
      January 12, 2013 @ 1:00 pm

      Well then…change the laws. First step…get rid of the Congress that votes it in. We gripe and complain…but this is OUR MONEY they are using and that is all we do. Get someone to put this initiative on the ballot..and either (1) vote out the fool who spends your money or (2) do it at the ballot box…and if all else fails…seeing how this government is going down the tubes…VOTE for a Constitutional Convention WITH VOTER ID…FACIAL.

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