The federal government estimates 766 million dollars, or one percent of food stamp benefits, are misappropriated because of fraud.
The state is now teaming up with the U.S. Department of Agriculture to crack down on that fraud. The USDA will provide training and data-mining help to the state to identify suspicious patterns that could indicate illegal activity. The department takes the primary role of investigating fraud by retailers and vendors. The State and County agencies investigate fraud by food stamp recipients.