South Carolina Attorney General Alan Wilson recently announced that during 2016, 70 individuals were convicted statewide for food stamp fraud with $273,583.50 in restitution ordered to the Department of Social Services (DSS) related to these convictions.
The South Carolina Attorney General’s office says the results stem from the second year of a partnership targeting abuse of the federal Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), also known has food stamps. Through this partnership, DSS investigates abuse cases and the South Carolina Attorney General’s Office prosecutes them.
Since the beginning of this program in January 2015, $610,975.97 in restitution has been ordered from these cases.
“At only two years old, this program has shown that food stamp fraud is absolutely a problem in South Carolina,” Attorney General Wilson said. “There are families and individuals who rely on this program and use it for its intended purpose. The criminals who are abusing this system are not only stealing money from taxpayers, but also from those in need.”
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