Unfortunately the program, that was established decades ago to help the truly needy, has expanded its scope and made the purchases other than food too easy. It has also been terribly abused by the powerful, the criminal, the citizen and the alien. Here are some examples of this Bloated Bad Santa on this Christmas. m/r
Around 44 million people received benefits from the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), also called food stamps, in 2016. The whole program cost about $70 billion.
Only one cent of each dollar is spent fraudulently, according to the most recent available data from the Department of Agriculture (USDA), which manages the program. Still, that’s about $70 million dollars of federal taxpayer money that was likely wasted this past year.
Here are few of the strangest cases of food stamp fraud in 2016.