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Prisoners collect food stamps and cash benefits on EBT cards

11:05 AM, May 25, 2012   |    comments
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ATLANTA -- You continue to make a difference with your tips to our wasteline@11Alive.com. A viewer alerted us to more tax dollar waste involving EBT benefits. How do you feel about someone collecting government money while in jail and then using that money to buy drugs?

An insider tipped us off about changes to the food stamp program that leaves it open to abuse. New simplified reporting rules ensure that people who need help continue to get it and only have to report changes in income. There is no requirement for those receiving benefits to report to the government if they go to jail and no one is following up on that.

That's why why a government insider sent these comments to our waste line, stating:

They have been eating while in jail, taxpayers paid for this... they can buy food or go the illegal way-sell the card for cash, trade the card for drugs. Which way do you think they will go....

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One way to find out? Talk to someone who's been there and witnessed it firsthand. A man who recently got out of prison contacted us to share his story about how disgusted he was about tax payer waste.   

We reached out to the State for a comment about this and what can be done to fix it. We'll let you know.

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