Posted by: Ann Corcoran | December 2, 2011

Maryland and Virginia rank in top five for food stamp fraud in the Nation

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!

From the Washington Examiner yesterday (enrollment soaring, as I mentioned here recently in a post about trafficking in food stamps) and less scrutiny of applicants:

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.



  1. […] annually through a tax credit, educated the kids through high school (never mind other bennies like food stamps) and now CASA de Maryland wants you to support the “kids” college […]

  2. It does not surprise that the state of Maryland is number 2, in fact, I’m a little surprised that we are not number one, given Maryland’s penchant for giving our money to illegal immigrants. However, i believe there is a bigger issue here, if the information is correct. It has to do with the national average. $3.05 per $100.00 in benefits! I find it appalling. Its like saying “Oh yea, we over pay just like everyone else but not to worry, we only throw away tax payers money a little bit.” Are you kidding me?

  3. […] don’t forget! we have one of the highest fraud rates in the Nation for food stamp usage, here. Like this:LikeBe the first to like this […]

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