Three-quarters of a billion here and three-quarters of a billion there and pretty soon you’re talking about some real money, son. That $750 million is out of a total of $75 billion which tells you how huge food stamps have gotten under the Great Obama Depression.
In 2012, a U.S. Department of Agriculture official said that food stamp fraud totals $750 million each year – a number that more than doubles the cost of trafficking reported in a 2006- 2008 USDA study.
CNSNews.com reached out to the USDA to verify this number. A spokesperson stated via email, “In 2011, program costs totaled $75.7 billion. Using the most recent data on trafficking available, USDA estimated that trafficking would be 1 percent of $75 billion, or approximately $750 million.”
This number is $420 million more per year than a report released in March of 2011 that wrote on fraud within the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) from 2006-2008.
“Trafficking diverted an estimated $330 million annually from SNAP benefits – or about one cent of each SNAP dollar – between 2006 and 2008. About 8.2 percent of all stores trafficked,” states the Extent of Trafficking in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (2006-2008).
That’s an increase from $330 million annually in 2008 to $750 million in 2011. The “USDA doesn’t tolerate fraud which is why we are aggressively strengthening our anti-fraud policies and tactics,” said the USDA, noting the rate of fraud is at 1 percent of total expenditures.
Total expenditures have ballooned and so has fraud. But while food stamp fraud is approaching the big 1 Billion, any GOP attempt to rein it in, even through minimal efforts such as banning the use of EBT cards at liquor stores, casinos and strip clubs is met with furious attacks on the Republicans taking things away from the poor.
There’s an entire economy built on food stamps. Supermarkets run on it and so do bodegas and seamier places. And the Dems are interlinked with it.