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SW Ohio county goes after food-stamp fraud



Published: Mon, December 24, 2012 @ 12:41 p.m.

HAMILTON, Ohio (AP) — A special squad is targeting food-stamp fraud in a southwest Ohio county, and authorities say it’s already headed off nearly $200,000 in what would have been spending on things other than food aid.

The Butler County squad formed in July includes one full-time and one part-time sheriff’s detective, an assistant prosecutor and a county Job and Family Services employee. The Cincinnati Enquirer reports the squad’s investigations have led to 17 arrests so far.

With about one in seven Americans getting federal food aid after the Great Recession, authorities say it’s important to make sure the program is being used as intended. Ohio officials say every county has a food-stamp fraud investigator, but state spokeswoman Angela Terez said she wasn’t aware of any other counties with a special squad set up.


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1jfgiancola(158 comments)posted 1 year, 10 months ago

This kind of action is way overdue. I'm hoping here in Mahoning county there is similar action. I know for a fact there are people using their EBT card to purchase large quantities of soft drinks at the dollar stores when it is on sale and the product is going to someone else for resale. The management at these stores don't care because it would take away sales from their stores. But the EBT card was not intended to be used for this purpose. These convenience store owners either can't or don't want to use the soft drink distributors

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