New Video Highlights Fraud within Food Stamp Program

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Naples, FL — A new video, released today by the Foundation for Government Accountability (FGA), exposes rampant food stamp fraud and abuse and underscores the need for proven work requirements for able-bodied adults on welfare.

The food stamp program was designed to serve as a temporary safety net for the truly needy. But each year, millions of food stamp dollars delivered on Electronic Benefit Transfer (EBT) cards are sold on the black market for cash.

In one such instance, Representative Ted Yoho (R-FL) and Jacksonville Sheriff’s Detective Bruce Fussell explain how fake businesses exist solely to buy food stamp benefits. After going undercover and establishing the nation’s first EBT reverse operation, Detective Fussell had identified nearly 200 suspects of food stamp fraud in just six short months, many of whom were able-bodied adults dependent on the program.

Representative Yoho has worked hard to expose existing food stamp fraud to ensure the program’s integrity as a member of the House Agriculture Committee. The House Farm Bill included measures to eliminate food stamp fraud and expand work requirements for more able-bodied adults. After seeing the rampant fraud within the food stamp program, Fussell advocates for work as a means to move able-bodied adults out of welfare.

“I believe there should be work requirements for able-bodied adults that are taken apart of the program,” said Fussell. “I believe it would give them an incentive and an option to eventually get off the program, because I don’t believe the program was created as a hand out. I believe it was created as a hand up to get these people back into the workforce and help them.”

The full video can be viewed here.

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The Foundation for Government Accountability is a non-profit, multi-state think tank that specializes in health care, welfare, and work reform. To learn more, visit TheFGA.org.