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Missouri Department Of Social Services Bureaucrat Stole $52,000 Worth Of Food Stamps

Food Stamps Ripped Off By Walmart-Shopping Bureaucrat – Daily Caller

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Missouri Department of Social Services eligibility specialist Pamela O’Dell faces criminal charges after she went on a shopping spree with $52,000 worth of food stamps she stole, according to a news release from the Department of Justice.

O’Dell was responsible for processing Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program applications and files and used her position to replace participants’ home addresses with her own government office address in Dunklin County, Mo., when participants opted out of the program. That office then issued new Electronic Benefit Transfer or EBT cards using O’Dell’s information.

O’Dell did this from 2009 to 2014. She spent the benefits at a local Walmart and a grocery store in Kansas, according to the DOJ.

A federal grand jury in Cape Girardeau, Mo., indicted her on one felony count of mail fraud. O’Dell, if convicted, faces a maximum penalty of 20 years in prison and fines up to $250,000.

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Maine Booting Able-Bodied, Childless Adults Off Food Stamps In Record Numbers

Maine Adds Work Requirement To Welfare Benefits, Drops 80% Of Able-Bodied Childless Adults – Right Scoop

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Hidden in a New York Times about welfare is a story of success in Maine having to do with a Republican policy, surprise surprise:

As the economy improves, should states continue waivers that were enacted during the recession to allow healthy adults who are not working to get food stamps longer than the law’s time limit? Maine is one of the states that say no.

Last year, the administration of Gov. Paul R. LePage, a Republican, decided to reimpose a three-month limit (out of every three-year period) on food stamps for a group often known as Abawds – able-bodied adults without minor dependents – unless they work 20 hours per week, take state job-training courses or volunteer for about six hours per week. Maine, like other states, makes some exceptions.

“You’ve got to incentivize employment, create goals and create time limits on these welfare programs,” said Mary Mayhew, the commissioner of health and human services in Maine. She said the measure was in line with Mr. LePage’s efforts to reform welfare.

The number of Abawds receiving food stamps in Maine has dropped nearly 80 percent since the rule kicked in, to 2,530 from about 12,000. This time limit is an old one, written into the 1996 federal welfare law. But, during the recession, most states took advantage of a provision that allows them to waive it when unemployment is persistently high, which meant poor adults could stay on the program regardless of their work status.

No doubt some of the “ABAWDs” are facing tougher times without those benefits, but I think most Americans would expect people under those conditions to seek employment if they can. The Democrats keep telling us that Obama has vastly improved the economy (he hasn’t), but if they think that, then shouldn’t we be paying fewer people to be on welfare?

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Illinois Rewarded For Misspending Only $52 Million On Food Stamps

Illinois Rewarded For Misspending Only $52 Million On Food Stamps – Illinois Watchdog

Since Illinois has seen an explosion in the number of people receiving food stamps, even a slight error costs taxpayers millions.

In this instance, a mistake rate of less than 2 percent means $50 million is misspent.

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That’s the hard truth behind the press release lauding Illinois for having a 98.3 percent accuracy rate for its Supplemental Nutritional Assistance Program.

Illinois’ error rate, from either overspending on food stamps or not spending enough, is 1.74 percent, according to Januari Smith, a spokeswoman for the state’s Department of Human Services.

Just more than 2 million people in the state, or 16 percent of the population, are enrolled in the federally managed SNAP. Washington D.C,. sent Illinois $3 billion for SNAP last year.

The numbers: 1.74 percent of $3 billion is $52 million. That’s a lot of taxpayer waste.

“The more people you add and the bigger the program gets, the more cumbersome it gets. The more difficult it gets to manage. And you have money being given away that shouldn’t be given away,” said Ted Dabrowski, vice President of policy for the Illinois Policy Institute.

Dabrowksi said Illinois saw its food stamp population jump 11.5 percent last year.

Smith said the increase in the number of families receiving food stamps can be blamed on the economy, and admits the program is becoming difficult for the state’s bureaucracy to manage.

DHS had 1,870 case workers handling 1.75 million cases last December, compared to 2,000 workers handling about 1 million cases in 2006, Smith said.

The food stamp rolls have also seen a significant national rise. Since 2011, nearly 2 million more people have signed up for food stamps each year.

Figures from the U.S. Department of Agriculture show that 47.6 million people Americans receive some type of food stamp assistance. The average payout per person is about $133 dollars a month. The average payout per family is about $275 dollars a month.

Dabrowksi said Illinois is the “middle of the pack” nationally in total recipients, but noted the state was second in the nation in food stamp growth last year.

“We had a growth of 11.5 percent of the number of people on food stamps,” Dabrowksi said. “Only Wyoming was worse.”

Dabrowksi said Illinois needs to add more jobs to get more people off food stamps.

By growing the economy, more people can get away from government programs and allow the state to help those who truly need help, he said.

Illinois is being awarded $4 million by the USDA as recognition of it 98 percent accuracy rate. Smith said she doesn’t know how Illinois will spend that money.

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Illegal Alien Mother Of Seven Has Received Food Stamps, Meds, Housing And Social Security For 20 Years (Video)

Unreal… Illegal Immigrant Mother Of Seven Given Food Stamps, Meds, Housing, And Social Security… For 20 Years (Video) – Gateway Pundit

It’s Cloward-Piven on steroids.

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Illegal immigrant and mother of seven, Marita Nelson, receives $240 in food stamps, monthly medications, $700 in Social Security and a housing allowance. She entered the US by swimming the Rio Grande and has been on government assistance for 20 years.

No doubt, an Obama supporter…

Now she’s on a crusade to help other illegals sign up for their free stuff.

You just can’t make this stuff up!

Via Special Report:

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For the record… The Obama administration is paying recruiters to sign up more people on food stamps.

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Liberal Logic 101 Food stamps are like magic dude!

Via Roxeanne de Luca who knocks this one out of the park!

Food Stamps by Phone, as explained by a writer from Gourmet.  Trcie McMillan received food stamps for a year and described the experience thus:

As if by magic, I no longer had to worry about whether choosing a salad for dinner might leave me too short of funds to pay my phone bill; I now had a budget—a lavish one—explicitly dedicated to food. I bought spinach with stems that still snapped, cherries and berries that bled juice, melons that perfumed the backseat of my Ford Escort, fleshy Michigan peaches, whole chickens grown without antibiotics. I split Persian cucumbers in half, sliced lush tomatoes into wedges, and topped them both with smears of creamy feta—what I’ve since come to think of as government cheese.

As if by magic.  Perhaps I should mail my paychecks into McMillan, let her see how much is taken out in taxes, and then mail her my grocery receipts every month, and ask her if she understands the “magic”.  Call me crazy, but I don’t think that those who are supported at the expense of the taxpayer ought to live better than the taxpayers.

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Treasury Watchdog Launches Probe Into Whether Administration Spied On Conservative Billionaires’ Taxes – Fox News

A Treasury Department watchdog has launched an investigation into whether the Obama administration improperly snooped around the tax records of the mega-conglomerate that has poured millions into Republican campaigns.

J. Russell George, Treasury’s inspector general for tax administration, wrote in a brief letter Sept. 28 to Sen. Charles Grassley, R-Iowa, that he will launch a “review” of the allegation at the request of Grassley and six other Republican senators.

The controversy concerns the multibillion-dollar oil company Koch Industries, a major political contributor to conservative causes and a major target this year of Democrats trying to stoke voter outrage over the funding behind those causes.

President Obama publicly called out the Koch-funded Americans for Prosperity at an early August fundraiser in Texas – that incident, in turn, helped fuel suspicion after an administration official was quoted later in the month speaking in unusual detail about Koch finances.

Coinciding with the release of a report on corporate tax reform, the official was quoted saying Koch, described as a “really giant firm,” was set up as a pass-through company – in other words, a company structured to escape corporate taxes by allowing income to flow directly through it.

But a Koch attorney questioned where and how the administration found that information – while at the same time denying the suggestion that it does not pay corporate income tax – and Grassley subsequently called for a probe into whether officials breached tax privacy law.

In a Sept. 24 letter, Grassley and other senators urged George to investigate the “very serious allegation” that the administration may have violated the IRS code that protects federal tax return privacy. The senators noted that the Koch website does not reveal anything about being a “flow-through entity.”

“Thus, the statement that Koch is a pass-through entity implies direct knowledge of Koch’s legal and tax status, which would appear to be a violation,” they wrote. “The statement is also troubling because it was made shortly after the president highlighted the advocacy work of certain tax-exempt organizations funded by Koch Industries, Inc.”

A company spokesman told FoxNews.com said Koch Industries is “cooperating fully” with the investigation, adding that the firm is “grateful that our concerns appear to be taken seriously.”

Koch Industries has been an increasingly popular topic of political conversation after The New Yorker published a lengthy article on the “war against Obama” being waged by the company’s owners, David and Charles Koch.

The article detailed the Koch family’s enormous wealth; their role in setting up the conservative Americans for Prosperity and the libertarian Cato Institute; and their web of political contributions – though the political donations are difficult to pinpoint, the magazine reported that the family’s charitable foundations have spent close to $200 million over the past decade.

Campaign finance records at the Federal Election Commission show the firm’s political action committee, KochPAC, contributed about $8 million over the past decade, with much of that money going to the campaigns of top Republicans on Capitol Hill.

Rep. Chris Van Hollen, D-Md., chairman of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, said in an interview with Bloomberg TV in September that companies like Koch are “going in and opposing Democratic candidates and supporting Republican candidates.”

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Private Sector Sheds 49,000 Jobs, ADP Says – MarketWatch

Employment in the U.S. private sector fell by 39,000 in September, the first drop since January, according to the ADP employment report released Wednesday.

In September, the goods-producing sector cut 45,000 jobs while the service sector added 6,000 jobs. Large businesses saw employment decline by 11,000 while medium-size businesses fell by 14,000.

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Error By Trial: Very First Guantanamo Case In Civilian Court Is An Instant Disaster – New Tork Daily News

The disastrous folly of trying Al Qaeda enemy combatants in civilian court stands proven beyond a reasonable doubt in the case of the first Guantanamo detainee brought to New York to face justice.

There is abundantly conclusive proof that Ahmed Khalfan Ghailani participated in the 1998 U.S. embassy bombings in Kenya and Tanzania that killed 224 people, including 12 Americans.

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Food Stamp Recipients At Record 41.8 Million Americans In July – Bloomberg

The number of Americans receiving food stamps rose to a record 41.8 million in July as the jobless rate hovered near a 27-year high, the federal government has reported.

Recipients of Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program subsidies for food purchases jumped 18 percent from a year earlier and increased 1.4 percent from June, the U.S. Department of Agriculture said.

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Fresh Subpoenas Issued In Edwards Hush Cash Inquiry – Newser

John Edwards’ political career is dead but the federal probe into whether he used campaign funds to keep his mistress quiet has shown public signs of life for the first time in more than a year.

Federal prosecutors have issued subpoenas for witnesses to appear before a grand jury that is deciding whether to charge Edwards with using cash from donors to provide a “love nest” for mistress Rielle Hunter.

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White House Blocked BP Oil Spill Worse-Case Estimates – Reuters

The White House in the spring blocked release of government worst-case estimates of the amount of oil spewing from BP’s well in the Gulf of Mexico, a presidential commission said on Wednesday.

The commission said government officials told its staff that the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) wanted to release some of its long-term, worst-case spill models for the accident.

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New Yorkers’ Income Falls For First Time In 70 Years – CNBC

The recession put a 3.1 percent dent in the personal incomes of New York state residents, who endured their first full-year decline in more than 70 years, according to a report released Tuesday.

Paychecks or net earnings tumbled 5.4 percent, while dividends, interest and rent slid 8.4 percent, to a grand total of nearly $908 billion, the state comptroller’s report said.

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Roy Halladay Throws Second No-Hitter In Postseason History – ESPN

Roy Halladay spent his whole career waiting for this start, wondering what it would be like to pitch in the playoffs. It was better than he – or anyone else – could have predicted.

Halladay threw the second no-hitter in postseason history, leading the Philadelphia Phillies over the Cincinnati Reds 4-0 in Game 1 of the NL Division Series on Wednesday. “It’s surreal, it really is,” Halladay said.

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