VIDEO RELEASE: Food Stamp Fraud EXPOSED

March 7, 2012
Oversight Examines USDA’s Struggle to Police Merchants Engaging in Fraud
9:30 AM EST Tomorrow at Oversight.House.Gov

 
WASHINGTON, D.C. – The House Committee on Oversight andGovernment Reform today released “Food Stamp Fraud EXPOSED,” a new video highlighting recent reports revealing hundreds of merchants previously disqualified from the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) food stamp program continue to defraud the program.  Food stamp fraud costs taxpayers hundreds of millions every year, according to a Scripps Howard News Service investigative report.  The hearing will be webcast live tomorrow at 9:30 AM EST here and more hearing information is available here.

 

 
The Oversight Committee will hold a hearing tomorrow at 9:30 AM entitled, “Food Stamp Fraud as a Business Model: USDA’s Struggle to Police Store Owners.” The hearing will examine the pervasiveness of fraud on the part of retailers participating in the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), commonly referred to as the food stamp program. Additionally, the Committee will examine steps taken by USDA to address the systemic weaknesses in fraud prevention efforts.
 
Click here to read Issa’s letter to the USDA from February 21st and 6th
 
Witnesses:
 

The Honorable Kevin Concannon
Under Secretary for Food, Nutrition and Consumer Services
U.S. Department of Agriculture
 
The Honorable Phyllis K. Fong
Inspector General
U.S. Department of Agriculture
 
The Honorable Kenya Mann Faulkner
Inspector General
Pennsylvania Office of Inspector General 
 
Ms. Jennifer Hatcher (minority witness)
Vice President for Government Relations
Food Marketing Institute

  

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