Food stamp fraud bill passes NM House of Representatives

By Rob Nikolewski on February 15, 2014

By Rob Nikolewski │ New Mexico Watchdog
SANTA FE  – A bill that toughens penalties for those who try to trade food stamps and EBT cards for cash passed 65-0 in the New Mexico House of Representatives on Saturday and the bill’s sponsor thinks the chances are good that the measure can get through the Legislature before the 30-day [...]

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EBT Abuse Continued In 2012

By Jim Scarantino on December 18, 2012

Welfare money tapped in an Albuquerque strip club.  Cash withdrawals of welfare funds inside an El Paso casino, a movie theater, a nightclub, Hooters, smoke shops and liquor stores around the country.
The same suspicious transactions on EBT cards we observed at the end of 2011 continued into 2012.  You can read our first two reports [...]

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NM Can’t Do Much About Abuse of EBT Cash, Tackles Other Issues

By Jim Scarantino on December 7, 2012

EBT cards intended to help needy  families have bought vacation cruises out of Miami and illegal drugs in Spokane, Washington.  They’ve been used to gain entrance to Graceland, Disneyland, and Universal Studios, and many far less family-friendly establishments.
In Boston, a jailed heroin dealer instructed a friend to tap EBT cash for bail money.
An unlicensed tattoo artist in Minnesota accepts [...]

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New Mexico EBT Funds Used In Liquor Stores, Casinos, Smoke Shops, and Hooters

By Jim Scarantino on November 28, 2012

Booze, blackjack, butts and babes.
New Mexico welfare funds turned up in surprising places in a two month period of EBT card transactions examined by New Mexico Watchdog.
The money is supposed to be used for life’s essentials to help needy New Mexico families with children.  A prior report showed transactions on New Mexico-issued EBT cards in [...]

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NM Welfare Funds Spent Far Beyond State’s Borders

By Jim Scarantino on November 16, 2012

From bustling Miami to sleepy Goffstown, New Hampshire, from San Diego to Minneapolis, recipients of New Mexico’s welfare funds use their state-issued EBT cards every day to spend money far from the Land of Enchantment.  In a two month period examined by New Mexico Watchdog expenditures of the state’s welfare funds occurred in 45 states.
The [...]

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