Feds hope new rules will help curb food stamp fraud

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  • perhaps Salt Lake City, UT
    May 25, 2012 10:05 a.m.

    This article is a bit sensationalistic. It would be really hard for someone to claim that their card was lost and then sell it on EBAY in Utah because our ebt cards have PIN numbers. You can't use a "lost" card unless someone gives you their PIN, which makes the fraudster easy to catch. This is exactly like someone trying to scam a bank by reporting a debit card as lost when they've actually given it to someone who is spending as much money as possible-- which is to say it is a really stupid crime. If you commit it you will be caught.

    Maybe in other states they don't assign PIN numbers to their ebt cards and so fraud like this is easier to commit.

  • RBN Salt Lake City, UT
    May 25, 2012 7:09 a.m.

    The problem is that the benefit is way to high. A family of six (four children) can receive up to $900/mo. My family of six can eat well on about $450/mo. The amount paid to recipients encourages them to buy high-end, expensive food, and lots of it. It also encourages them to barter food, and fails to recognize that people need to have something to look forward to when they are in such dire straits. Maybe it;s a movie or a trip to the zoo.

    I think you could decrease the benefit to about $500/mo and have a stipend of about $100-$150 a month, and recipients would receive the same amount of nutritional food and a little bit of fun and hope. The State would benefit from reduced payments. I think its time that administrators of public programs really look closely at the benefits paid, and think creatively to resolve budget crises.