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UPDATED: Food stamp trafficking on the rise, rules as lax as ever

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More Americans are trading their food stamps for cash, with $858 million trafficked between 2009 and 2011, according to a new report by the U.S. Department of Agriculture. The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, more popularly known as food stamps, cost taxpayers about $80 billion in 2012. "SNAP trafficking," as the fraudulent exchange of benefits for cash is called, accounted for only...

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