Just yesterday, 53 individuals in the Boston area were picked up by police for allegedly selling food stamps for cash. The widespread investigation included city, state, and federal law enforcement. It is suspected that most welfare recipients invloved in the bust were trading their EBT cards for cash and often times foreting a fee to the store owners in excahnge for the cash.
Food stamp fraud is a scheme that directly defrauds taxpayers. The numbers are staggering, with one business owner in Boston allegedly processing $700,000 in just 7 months. In a report out today, food stamps have increased 135 percent over the last 4 years with that number set to expand through 2014. Congress is currently in a heated debate over the budget with food stamps being named a top target of cuts.
Boston’s crackdown on food stamp fraud is just the beginning as it is predicted that food stamp fraud is sweeping the entire nation and is not localized to any specific area. It is also suspected that welfare recipients are selling their EBT cards. The Department of Transitional Assistance replaces 20,000 EBT cards per month in Boston, leading most to believe that food stamp cards are being sold.
Linda Webb aka The Fraud Dog, leading fraud expert, believes that both state and federal governments need to take action against food stamp fraud. This is not only fraud against our country but fraud against our taxpayers and it must stop. With tough economic times and a soaring deficit food stamp fraud must be addressed and safeguards put in place to prevent future fraudulent activity.
To report potentially fraudulent activity, contact The Fraud Dog at 1-855-FRAUD-DOG.