Food stamp fraud is big business, and an increase in investigations has revealed that a large portion of this type of fraud occurs due to death. According to an article from the Food Stamps Organization, cases involving family members, who illegally collect benefits from deceased relatives, are on the rise.

Fewer case workers and law enforcement officials are available to clamp down on food stamp fraud, including death fraud, which is usually committed by relatives who are illegally using Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits from their deceased relatives. (EBT…It’s easy as 1-2-3 or simple as Do-Re-Mi.)

There are several different ways fraudsters exploit deceased food stamp beneficiaries. Some homes may have multiple benefit recipients who have died and food stamps still continue to arrive on a regular basis. (Oops, I forgot to report that they died.) Commonly, an elderly couple passes away, and the remaining family members continue to collect and use the food stamps. (They weren’t using them, so what’s the difference?)

Sadly, children are often used in death-related fraud cases to collect food stamps. In some cases, children, who died during or shortly after childbirth or at an older age due to tragic circumstances, are still listed on applications where one more child makes a big difference in the amount of assistance received.

A less common type of death fraud is committed by individuals who work the SNAP system in order to sell or use the benefits. For example, this fraud occurs when an elder care worker takes advantage of patients in nursing homes or hospice care by stealing their personal information to obtain SNAP benefits. The fraudsters usually gain access to the elderly person’s personal information and benefits prior to death and continue to use the benefits after their death until they can switch off to another beneficiary to avoid being caught.

Death waits for no one; just as some fraudsters can’t wait until others die so they can illegally benefit from their demise. Unfortunately, death fraud is lucrative and takes advantage of those who cannot defend themselves.

"Death Fraud", 5 out of 5 based on 2 ratings.
  1. I THINK ONE WAY THE GOVERNMENT CAN GET THIS UNDER CONTROL IS BY PRUCHASING A CLOSED OUT SUPERMARKET AND HAVE ALL PERSONS RECEIVING BENEFITS FROM DSS CAN GROCERY SHOP THERE AND ELIMATE THE FOOD STAMP CARDS SO FRAUD CANNOT BE COMMITTED – SOME PEOPLE ARE STANDING OUT SIDE THE GIANT AND SELLING THEIR CHILD’S FOOD STAMPS – I ALSO BELIEVE THE TCA PROGRAM IS BEING TAKEN ADVANTAGE OF – TCA (TEMPORARY CASH ASSISTANCE) SOME FAMILIES HAVE BEEN RECEIVING FREE MONEY FROM THE GOVERNMENT FOR OVER 10 YEARS, HOW IS THIS A TEMPORARY CASH. IT WAS SUPPOSE TO BE A 5 YEARS LIMIT – THERE ARE JOBS OUT THERE IF YOU REALLY WANT TO WORK, BUT THE GOVERNMENT MAKES IT TOO EASY TO STAY HOME AND WAIT ON A CHECK. THE GOVERNMENT IS NOT YOUR DADDY’S BABY’S FATHER. COME ON NOW, GET GETTING PREGNANT AND THE GOVERNMENT PAYS YOU TO HAVE BABIES?????

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