Amid surge in food-stamp theft, low-income victims are left on the hook, lawsuit claims – CBS News

Natahlie Rahmsay visited her neighborhood grocery in Boston in July to buy food with her electronic benefit transfer card for herself and her disabled adult son. Just days before, the card had been loaded with $460 in monthly food-stamp benefits. But the 71-year-old got a nasty shock at the register when the cashier told her she didn’t have enough money on the card to buy $91 worth of food. 

Rahmsay soon learned that a scammer had used her EBT card to spend about $400 of her food-stamp benefits at a Sam’s Club in Cicero, Illinois — a city she hadn’t visited. She also doesn’t have a Sam’s Club membership. The scammer, it turns out, had “skimmed” her number through a device inserted into a card reader, stealing her card number and PIN. 

Worse, Rahmsay soon discovered that the Massachusetts Transitional Assistance (DTA), the agency that oversees the food-stamp program in her state, wouldn’t reimburse her for the stolen benefits, according to a new class-action lawsuit.

Amid surge in food-stamp theft, low-income victims are left on the hook, lawsuit claims – CBS News