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Food stamp fraud all the rage on Twitter

Food stamps aren’t just a hot topic on Capitol Hill and among presidential candidates. They are also a much-discussed topic on Twitter.

According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, food stamp trafficking is illegal:


One of the most common forms of food stamp fraud, known as food stamp trafficking, involves the illegal buying or selling of food stamp benefits for cash, drugs, weapons or other items of value. Unlawful possession or use of food stamp benefits in an amount of $100 or more is a felony; less than $100 is a misdemeanor.

Yet many Twitter users openly discuss the purchase or sale of food stamps:!/GoodIntentionZ3/status/193010312667074560!/jay_marae/status/193038855719497728!/BB_STONE/status/193035188899553280!/yungnbright/status/193023225322676224!/SheNice614/status/193033685799403520!/Suck_My_Sarcasm/status/192961798956261377!/UZURI_MICHAELS/status/192814575782084609!/brainsxbeauty/status/192783670208241665!/MariyahsDad/status/193021169207742464!/omghesaidthat/status/193007488654782464!/HennySypr4Lyf/status/193007141043449856!/TAMPA_DREADHEAD/status/193028352670568448!/Ardor69/status/193011428553277440

If you think the above tweets are isolated examples, take a look at the “Related Tweets” widget to the right of this post, above. In all likelihood, you will see many more Tweets discussing the purchase or sale of  food stamps.


Meanwhile, David Wessel of the Wall Street Journal points us to a Congressional Budget Office analysis showing that one in seven Americans is now using food stamps:!/davidmwessel/status/193028722759176192

Those one in seven Americans will be pleased to read Tweets like these from Congressional Democrats:!/RepJimMcDermott/status/192241341730783232!/RepSpeier/status/192403626159902721!/repsandylevin/status/192668080390946816

As for the six out of seven Americans who do not use food stamps, well, they may still have some misgivings about the program:!/vetteeee/status/193030443686309889!/FML_Dx/status/193028991773458432

Finally, no food stamp round-up would be complete without this little tidbit:!/AP/status/192427533889835008

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