Electronic Benefit Transfer

EBT cards at strip clubs, liquor stores and casinos? It’s still OK here in NM UPDATE: ‘We ran out of time,’ Sanchez says

By   /  March 21, 2013  /  Capitol Report, New Mexico, New Mexico Watchdog  /  No Comments

A bill aimed at curbing abuse of Electronic Benefit Transfer cards sailed through the state House of Representatives and two Senate committees but was never heard on the Senate floor in the just-completed 60-day legislative session.
And that could mean a loss of an estimated $5.5 million in Temporary Assistance for Needy Familes (TANF) funding for [...]

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Still OK to use welfare benefits at New Mexico strip clubs

By   /  March 21, 2013  /  New Mexico, News, Wasteful spending  /  No Comments

Exotic Dancing Tampa

Part 8 of 15 in the series Welfare Abuse

By Rob Nikolewski | New Mexico Watchdog
SANTA FE — A bill aimed at curbing abuse of Electronic Benefit Transfer cards sailed through the state House of Representatives and two Senate committees but was never heard on the Senate floor in the just-completed 60-day legislative session.
And that could mean a loss of an estimated $5.5 [...]

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VA: New bill aims to take alcohol, smokes, strip clubs out of welfare

By   /  December 14, 2012  /  Accountability, Federal Government, News, State Government, Virginia  /  4 Comments

Virginia is looking at regulate purchases made with Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) benefits, more commonly known as Welfare, by possibly tracking them on EBT cards. (Photo by USDA)

ALEXANDRIA — A bill headed for the 2013 Virginia General Assembly will place new restrictions on what welfare benefits can buy, namely alcohol, tobacco and porn.

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

By   /  November 28, 2012  /  New Mexico, New Mexico Watchdog, News  /  No Comments

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   /  November 16, 2012  /  New Mexico, New Mexico Watchdog, News  /  No Comments

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.
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Kansas out-of-state Electronic Benefit Transfer payments

By   /  May 16, 2011  /  Federal Government, Fraud, Kansas  /  2 Comments

Kansans received over $195,000 in cash public assistance benefits while  visiting 38 others states in March.  The total cash payments ranged from $3 in assistance paid in New Jersey to almost $127,000 paid in Missouri.  There were attempts to receive cash benefits in 3 additional states, but the requests were denied.
Also in March Kansans received [...]

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