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Report: Fraud taints state's FoodShare program

MILWAUKEE (AP) -- A newspaper investigation has found signs of fraud in the state's food stamp program at a time when the harsh recession has helped drive a massive expansion of the $1 billion program.

The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports thousands of people who receive publicly funded food assistance report losing their benefits card routinely, a sign investigators say shows many are cheating the state.

Some sell their Quest cards for cash or trade them for drugs, and that newspaper reports that's not the only way the state's FoodShare program is abused.

Instead of using the cards to keep the poor from going hungry, some participants use the cards to profit by buying steaks and expensive items with the cards then selling the food for cash.

The newspaper reports that slack rules and oversight make the program susceptible to fraud.

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