A Massachusetts woman, Kelly Jean Gagnon, 37, was arrested with 19 grams of heroin tucked into her bra in Taunton, Mass, along with 13 EBT cards. Boston Herald writer, Howie Carr, asks Governor Deval Patrick, “how’s that crackdown on welfare fraud coming…”
The Department of Transitional Assistance issued a statement yesterday saying they were aware of the Gagnon case and “we will take action to close cases and impose additional penalties, including disqualification, where warranted.”
Disqualification — that means taking away the junkies’ EBT cards. I’ll believe it when I see it. The Bristol County District Attorney’s Office said yesterday that “multiple” EBT cards recovered were in Gagnon’s name. Another question: How did she have “multiple” EBT cards?
Other unanswered questions last night: Do the cops now know the names of the “rightful” card holders who gave them to the alleged heroin dealer? What was the total amount of cash on the cards? Hello … hello … is anybody home?
A guy texted me last night: “I used to be a heroin addict,
I’m five years clean. I can tell you, every junkie trades his card for drugs or money. Every single one. If it comes down to drugs or money, it’s drugs every time.”
O’Connell, with the rest of the House Republicans and a handful of Democrats, have been trying to turn off the cash spigot on the EBT cards, which is known as TANF — Temporary Aid to Needy Families.
Deval and the rest of the enablers agreed to stop allowing the use of EBT cards in places like package stores. Now you have to walk across the street to an ATM machine to get the cash for your next 40-ouncer. Some reform. Source: Boston Herald
Governor Deval Patrick may be the King of governing over EBT waste, fraud and abuse. Surely it doesn’t get worse than this.
The state’s embattled welfare chief was forced to step down yesterday in the wake of a shocking internal report that found that a staggering 47,000 families receiving taxpayer-funded benefits are unaccounted for — and nearly $30 million in food stamp money went to recipients who were not eligible.
The shocking report, released to the Herald last night, found that the Department of Transitional Assistance has lost track of 47,087 households on welfare — or one out of 10 of the total 478,000 who received DTA mailings.
The welfare department also admitted that it overpaid federal food stamp recipients by a whopping $27.8 million since 2010. Source: Michael Graham, February 2013.
In Ohio August 2013:
There are different types of scams out there, but the selling of cards may be the biggest problem. Auditor Yost says, ”A lot of those cards are ending up on the black market.” Recipients will sell their cards for cash for less than they are worth then claim they lost their card. Yost says, “You lose your card once or you lose your card twice, okay, we can understand that. We had people who were losing their card eight to ten times.” Source ABC
In other EBT news, the 1.7 million ABLE-BODIED ADULTS receiving EBT/SNAP benefits soared from 1.7 million recipients to 3.9 million in the period beginning September 2007 through the same period in 2009.
The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (snort) became law with Obama’s signature on February 17, 2009. It rode in like a mighty beast with a waiver of the work provision.
That work provision mandated that to continue receiving food stamps, after three months of being unemployed ABAWDs must work or perform some type of work activity 20 hours per week. Source: Breitbart
Butt-sitting, visiting strip clubs, bars, smoke shops and surfing ensued among the able-bodied.
That work provision mandated that to continue receiving food stamps, after three months of being unemployed ABAWDs must work or perform some type of work activity 20 hours per week.
But Republicans introduced legislation to fix at least a part of this problem:
Able-bodied adults without children would be eligible for only three months of benefits under the GOP plan [new, proposed and dead] unless they’re working, training, or volunteering 20 hours per week — a pre-existing requirement that most states have waived because of high unemployment. Republicans have cited Congressional Research Service data showing that able-bodied adults without dependents had risen to 10.2 percent of the overall SNAP population in 2011, up from 6.6 percent in 2007. (a grouse from HuffPo)
Remember this from surfer dude Jason? “…don’t got a pay check coming so…” he takes his birth certificate and social security card down to “Human Resources” and like magic “$200.00, free money, yeah, it’s radical,” appears on his EBT/SNAP card monthly. Jason say’s his job is to go to the beach and “make sure the sun is up and the girls are out.” For Jason, the $200 buys lobster, sushi and beer. Video below.