Governor’s Attempt To Find Massive Welfare Fraud Turns Up Next To Nothing

Posted on AllSides January 8th, 2014
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On Tuesday, Maine Gov. Paul LePage (R) released data on purchases made with state welfare benefits that he claimed exposed abuse, but they only add up to less than a percent of all benefit transactions.
The data show that there were more than 3,000 transactions at bars, sports bars, and strip clubs made with EBT (electronic benefit transfer) cards loaded with TANF (Temporary Assistance for Needy Families, or welfare) and food stamp benefits between January 1, 2011 and November 15, 2013. The state doesn’t track what was actually purchased,...

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http://thinkprogress.org/economy/2014/01/08/3136631/lepage-welfare/

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