Update December 9th: Heritage has further analysis of Maryland and Virginia’s distinction as top food stamp fraud states, here.
Maryland is number two (no surprise!), but it’s surprising to see that Virginia is number five. Wouldn’t you think the highly touted government of supposed conservative Gov. Bob McDonnell would be doing a better job at saving taxpayers’ money!
Maryland ranks second and Virginia fifth in the amount of taxpayer dollars wasted on food stamp fraud.
For every $100 in benefits, Maryland gave out $6.11 to people who weren’t eligible — amounting to about $60 million, according to fiscal 2010 data from the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Virginia gave out $5.04 to ineligible recipients, or about $70 million, and the District ranked 21st, doling out $3.76 in overpayments. The national average was $3.05.
Read it all, it is very interesting.