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Bigger food stamp program means more lost to waste, fraud

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At first glance, the most recent Department of Agriculture data on food stamp overpayments for 2012 looks like good news, since, while holding steady at 3.42 percent, the error rate has been at historically low levels for the past three years. But what the numbers obscure is how much money that seemingly small error rate represents — more than $2 billion in wasted taxpayer money in 2012. The...

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