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For the 6th straight year according to tom thompson the TANF numbers have declined Totals for the fiscal year 2002 show that only 4995719 families recieved TANF That was a 62 percent decrease from 2001 and a 592 decline since August of 1996 For the state of WVA the ADF reports that an average of 41643 families recieved TANF in 2002 while Ohio had an average of 190998 When it comes to welfare its obvious that it helps millions of families make ends meet each year It provides them with foo medical benefits child care and on occassion gives them extra money where income isnt sufficient enough The welfare program does work but its the frauds and abuses that you hear about that makes it look so bad In Georgia in 1999 they investigated 18964 cases of suspected fraud They discovered 96 million in Tanf and food stamps overpayment The penalty process for fraud is sort of like a 3 strikes and your out policy First offense is a 1 year disqualification second offense is 2 years and the 3rd offense is permenant disquailificaion One of the most common cases involving fraud involves retailers This is when the recipient goes into their local retailersgrocery stores and sells their food stamps for cash This was one of the biggest fraud cases ever in Texas A 2 million conspiracy in Houston involving 6 store owners and operators They currently have a 39 count indictment against them including charges of food stamp fraud money laundering and conspiracy
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