Fox Misleadingly Hypes 1.3 Percent Fr...

Fox Misleadingly Hypes 1.3 Percent Fraud In Food Stamp Program

There are 3 comments on the Media Matters for America story from Aug 19, 2013, titled Fox Misleadingly Hypes 1.3 Percent Fraud In Food Stamp Program. In it, Media Matters for America reports that:

Fox News misleadingly hyped a minor rise in food stamp fraud in an attempt to demonize the program, failing to note it has one of the lowest fraud rates of all federal programs, fraud remains at historically low levels, and the slight increase in fraud reflects an increase in overall enrollment in food supplement initiatives.

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Pottstown, PA

#1 Aug 21, 2013
The problem isn't just trafficking. There is fraud, abuse and misuse.

The Caribbean community in New York is sending barrels of food back "home" where it goes to the black market and not "starving" family members. Food stamps are ment for US citizens.

Man uses food stamps to buy and resell steak.

Ever look on Ebay and see how many grocery store items are sold. I doubt it's just the shop lifters posting.

There are probably many stores and supermarkets allowing purchases that are not eligible for food stamps. There are people with assets including second and third homes/properties using food stamps and other benefits. The program doesn't encourage consumerism enough ie use of generics, sales, coupons, price shopping etc. Parents frequently change custody of their kids which changes eligibility.

It's frustrating to see the surfer dude type individuals Fox showed on it's report but it is that type of person that looks at food stamps as a tool to get what they want. There is no shame or guilt because they it's simply a tool to them. The don't understand or grasps things like financial future, money came from some where, money had to be earned, etc. They don't even care to learn.

Pottstown, PA

#2 Aug 22, 2013
EBT card users are getting strangers to buy their own food with their EBT card getting cash back after the sale.

This circumvents trafficking restrictions.

Pottstown, PA

#3 Aug 22, 2013
But how do they tell HOW much fraud. If trafficking is occurring as they say how do you track if vendors/stores are aiding and abetting. How do you tell wether a store or the card holder is buying the merchandise?

The vendors/stores should be half the focus of EBT/food stamp fraud. If nothing else they should be check to make sure they are letting the card be used on the listed items and their point of sale system is working.

Focus on the vendors.

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