Food Assistance Fraud Still Costing The State

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State administrators switched to electronic cards to, in part, cut down on food assistance fraud.(Photo: Electronic Benefit Transfer)
State administrators switched to electronic cards to, in part, cut down on food assistance fraud.(Photo: Electronic Benefit Transfer)

For decades, low-income Ohioans received food stamps to help them put food on the table. These days, the paper stamps have been replaced with plastic cards, which contain the benefits electronically and which can scanned at supermarket checkouts.

The state auditor has just investigated the program, and he’s found a suspicious number of cases where the recipients have been given multiple cards, because they’ve claimed the originals were lost or stolen. Click the “play” button at the top of the screen to hear Bill Cohen’s full report.

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