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Phoenix Valley stores caught cheating government food stamp system

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PHOENIX - Many Arizona families rely on the government food stamp program to help make ends meet. In fact, one in six Arizonans are now getting the government assistance, including many who never thought they would need help....We found 24 stores in the Phoenix area permanently kicked out of the SNAP program in the last five years. A TYPE OF ILLEGAL TRAFFICKING The USDA says 99 percent of the time, stores are kicked out of the program due to illegal trafficking. That typically means an EBT card is swiped, say for $100 in groceries, but, there are no groceries. The store keeps $50 and the cardholder gets $50 -- and all of it is your tax money. ...

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