Food Stamp Fraud More Than Doubles Under Obama


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.

  • Ar'nun

    What did they expect when they switched to the credit card like system they use today? People are even allowed to use these things for cash withdrawals. If they had a way to trace the cash, I would be willing to bet it would be more like 25%- 50%. Some people even sell their cards for cash for half the value, then the people that buy them end up cashing them in at an ATM. Then near the end of the month, ther rightful receipient calls the Wellfare office and tells them they lost their card. In Massachusetts a recent report showed they issue over 4,000 replacement cards per month at an added cost to taxpayers of around $5 MILLION a quarter.

    • patron

      "What did they expect when they switched to the credit card like system they use today?"

      What a great way to buy votes and screw over small government conservatives at the same time.

    • defcon 4

      In Southern California used up WIC cards are commonly found in Indian gaming casinos. I've seen people buy a huge number of groceries on a WIC card, leave the store and then come back and try to return the groceries for cash. I've heard about the cash for WIC card scams as well.

  • http://www.adinakutnicki.com AdinaK

    When radical leftists are at the helm, what else can one expect, other than one fraud after another? And the way to make sure masses are beholden to the Feds – therefore, they are more pliable when it matters most – is to increase the dole. Hence, the waste & increased fraud.

    Be it food stamps or green scheme frauds, there's no diff – http://adinakutnicki.com/2012/08/07/barack-hussei… …..the end result is America off the fiscal cliff.

    Adina Kutnicki, Israel http://adinakutnicki.com/about/

  • BS77

    What did Capt. Smith of the Virginia Colony say? If you don't work, you don't eat.
    Now it's all about idle people getting entitlements like Food Stamps, Welfare, Housing, Transportation passes, legal assistance, program after program after program in the new Nanny State Society….Work? Forgeddaboudit. FIFTY MILLION Americans are on food stamps . Our society is nearing the end of the line.

    • UCSPanther

      And they have to impose uber-high taxes just to run the whole scam. If 75% of my income was being taken away to support those parasites, I would be sorely tempted to just say "to hell with work" and become a leech myself…

      It's like Rome's Bread and Circuses all over again, where the honest workers either became leeches or just left the empire altogether…

  • Elizabeth

    Obummer's got it under control. He can well afford welfare fraud by cutting veteran's benefits, white house tours, border patrol..so on…..

  • patron

    This is just trafficking, like selling your card for money, with a joke of an enforcement system.

    It does not include the willfully unemployed, drug dealers and prostitutes hiding their income, fat people spending all their money on candy, or recruiting where Obama's hordes tell people they're better of not working while handing out welfare applications and voter registrations at the same time.

  • joe

    It's undoubtedly high than this.
    Food stamps are a favorite way for muslims to get terrorist financing from us. They buy credits for $.50 on the dollar,collect the full amount from the government and send the gain overseas. They've arrested several convenience store owners in IL,OH & IN for this.

    Drug addicts use the same method. Alot of bars accept SNAP cards for "snack purchases" . Every month when the cards are refilled you can find convenience stores,gas stations and bars with double their usual business .

    You can report it but the government won't investigate unless they suspect massive fraud

    • defcon 4

      I've heard that social security fraud is similarly only investigated it its massive in nature, because they don't have time to investigate the nickel and dime stuff (e.g. someone receiving benefits on two different social security cards).

  • WilliamJamesWard

    Supersizing takes on a larger meaning, only in America…………………….William

  • JacksonPearson

    Figure Obama's hypocrisy?
    Obama's rebukes that he places people on food stamps…he says, they qualify, and that's why they get food stamps.

  • sean watson

    either you all aren't American educated or you all read the magazines at all checkout counters, believe in astrology and have toooooo many cats to feed and don,t run your own company's and do in fact work for the MAN or for someone that pays you to show up and fill that open desk space for no apparent reason.If for some reason you all think that the govergnment is run by one BLACK man than i suggest you work for your local political office and get involved with the local petitioners for law and immigration and the standard of living for the blind deaf and inability ti understand the law of the land. Stop posting lies that keep being substantiated like the music of justin beeber! NO CAPS FOR THAT FAKE! A perfect example of how to work a system. Stop complaining about life and learn to love and help sweep the streets of all that is wrong with the world instead of stewing in the facebook pond without a prayer and a hope for the future of humanity and do please get some better education cause there is na future in being ignorant! If you get a entry level job at McDonnalds and work for them and go through their program and university you too will own one within 20 years!

    • Bob

      Please see a doctor your condition reads terminal !

  • Chris

    What's the name of the store with this sign? Would love to have the contact information…we should all call and complain!!!