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      Golden Hammer: Ag Dept. fails to punish stores that aid food stamp cheaters

      Failure to police the store owners who served as enablers for food stamp fraud cost the government at least $12 million on top of the money lost to scams, according to investigators looking into problems in the federal Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program.

      The Agriculture Department's Food and Nutrition Service office lacks "clear procedures and guidance to carry out key oversight and enforcement activities related to retailer fraud," said a report from the agency's internal watchdog, the inspector general.

      "As a result, the integrity of the food stamp program is at risk because FNS does not provide sufficient deterrents to trafficking," inspectors said.

      Click here to read the rest of the article from the Washington Times.