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Georgia Receives Approval To Replenish Stolen SNAP Benefits

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SNAP Benefits; Source- MARCA

The U.S. government has permitted Georgia to replace the food stamp payments that were taken by fraud victims, so those users will soon be able to get their benefits back.

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SNAP Benefits; Source- Forbes

Frauds In SNAP Benefits

The Division of Family & Children Services (DFCS) of the Georgia Department of Human Services (DHS) said last month that it had acquired federal authority to replace digitally stolen food stamp benefits for users who have been the victims of card skimming, card cloning, and other fraud. For qualifying households, food stamps formerly known as SNAP benefits offer aid with the cost of food. Instead of being delivered through food stamps, benefits are now placed onto EBT cards, which makes it simple for con artists to steal from SNAP consumers.

Assistance To The Victims Of SNAP Benefits Fraud

EBT fraud is a criminal epidemic, following the U.S. Government Accountability Office, which estimates that taxpayer losses can reach $4.7 billion annually. The magnitude of the scam affecting SNAP recipients was not disclosed in the Georgia DHS press release, but DHS Commissioner Candice Broce stated that her team has moved swiftly to assist victims. If SNAP recipients think they have been defrauded, they can contact 1-888-421-3281 to obtain a new EBT card and PIN. You need to fill out and send in the Request for Replacement of Stolen Benefits form to seek replacement benefits.

To get a printed copy of the form, you can either visit a nearby Division of Family & Children Services office or download it online. Please call your local DFCS office at 877-423-4746 to request that the form be mailed or emailed to you if you are incapable of printing out a copy at home or in person. Under any circumstances, the beneficiary should mail, drop off, or send their signed affidavit to their local DFCS office via the DFCS website. At dfcs.georgia.gov/locations, you may find office hours and addresses.

Request For Replacement Of SNAP Benefits

Up until September 30, 2024, SNAP beneficiaries are permitted to request replacement benefits up to twice a year. One has until November 18, 2023, to ask for a replacement benefit if they reported the loss of stolen benefits before October 18, 2023. The theft of the SNAP benefits had to have happened between October 1, 2022, and September 30, 2024. In the national fiscal year, households are limited to two substitute issuances for benefits that are stolen. The household had to notify the Georgia Department of Human Services (DHS) of the theft within a month of becoming aware of it. The head of the family, an adult family member, or a designated representative named on the case must make the request.

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