‘Offenses Involving Federal Food Stamp Benefits’


By Max R. Weller

Read the info from the USDA’s Office of Inspector General. Quoting from it below:

Possession or use of food stamps or an EBT access device by unauthorized persons, or by authorized persons in a manner not authorized by the Secretary of Agriculture, violates the Food Stamp Act (7 U.S.C. 2024). One of the most common forms of food stamp fraud, known as food stamp trafficking, involves the buying or selling of food stamp benefits for cash, drugs, weapons, or other items of value . . .

Unbelievably, there are people here in Boulder, CO who don’t think that homeless recipients of food stamp benefits ever commit fraud as described above. Worse, one of these benighted souls is associated with the nonprofit Bridge House, a so-called homeless people’s day center, where drugs of every description are available to anyone with something of value to trade — like food stamp benefits directly, or the cash derived from their illegal sale.

In fact, I’ve been approached several times by homeless people offering to sell me their food stamp benefits for 50 cents on the dollar (apparently the going rate), offers which I’ve declined. One of these would-be fraudsters was in the Transition Program at Boulder Shelter for the Homeless when she tried to recruit me for her scheme, as we rode the SKIP bus down Broadway to King Soopers on Table Mesa. I told her to forget about it.

BTW, although I applied for and received food stamps while I was on parole in Missouri, I gave up that taxpayer-funded benefit (as well as others) when I moved here to Colorado in early 2008 to live as an ascetic. I manage to eat well enough through the generosity of individual private supporters (not the nonprofits), so why should I call on Uncle Sugar?

Of course, I understand that poor and homeless families with kids need some sort of food subsidy to help ensure adequate nutrition. This is to the good of society.

But, single adults who are chronically homeless substance abusers? These are the crooks the Inspector General of USDA is really talking about. I say that there’s more than enough free food being handed out by various do-gooders to feed the bums, so they don’t need taxpayer-funded food stamp benefits at all.


How come more people are hungry under the Obama adminstration?


Free food served up, to anybody who shows up, at Bridge House.

Far from denying that food stamp fraud is a problem, we should be demanding better accountability from the Kings of Waste in Washington, D.C.


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