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The U.S. Department of Agriculture has released a study regarding illegal trafficking in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP). There has been a 30% increase in the amount of Americans selling their food stamps in exchange for cash. This study compared the period of 2006-2008 and 2009-2011. The report also notes that the rate is well below that of about 4% that existed in the 1990s.
However, one should note that given the sharp increase in food stamp use, the actual annual dollar amount of fraud increased.
While the rate, as a percentage, remains relatively low, the sharp increase in the SNAP program means the total annualized dollar amount of fraud reached a record level of $858 million, exceeding the $811 million from 1993. This value had been dropping dramatically to a low of $241 [million] for 2002-2005, then ticked up to $330 million in 2006-2008, before exploding in the current report to $858 million.
The USDA study also found that the percentage of authorized SNAP stores engaging in trafficking went from 8.2 percent in 2006-2008 to 10.5 percent in 2009-2011, a 28 percent increase, but still not as high as an 11.7 percent rate in the 1990s.
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