I-Team: EBT and Cash


WALSH HAS BEEN INVESTIGATING THE STATE’S EBT SYSTEM AND JOINS US LIVE IN THE NEWSROOM. THIS INVESTIGATION STARTED BACK IN AUGUST. MANY OF US KNOW YOU CANNOT USE EBT CARDS TO BUY LOTTERY TICKETS, TOBACCO OR ALCOHOL. BUT THE 22NEWS I- TEAM DISCOVERS THERE’S NOTHING STOPPING SOMEONE FROM TAKING OUT CASH AT STORES THAT SELL….. WELL ANYTHING. WE HAVE OVER $400 MILLION A YEAR SPENT ON THIS PROGRAM. 85% OF THAT MONEY IS TAKEN OUT IN CASH AND WE CAN’T KEEP TRACK OF IT. AN EBT OR ELECTRONIC BENEFIT TRANSFER CARD IS SIMPLY AN ATM OR DEBIT CARD THAT GIVES PEOPLE ON WELFARE THEIR MONEY. THE 22NEWS I-TEAM DISCOVERED THAT ON AVERAGE, $25 MILLION IN EBT MONEY IS TAKEN OUT IN CASH IN MASSACHUSETTS EVERY MONTH. OUR 22NEWS I-TEAM INVESTIGATION REVEALS IN JULY ALONE THERE WERE 5 EBT CASH WITHDRAWALS FOR A TOTAL OF $480 DOLLARS AT THIS PLAZA LIQUORS IN CHICOPEE. THERE’S NO WAY TO PROVE HOW THE PEOPLE ACTUALLY USE THE MONEY, BUT IN THE SAME PLAZA. A WALMART AN ATM AND A CHICOPEE SAVINGS BANK. THERE’S NO RESTRICTIONS ON THE CARDS, THERE’S NO WAY TO STOP SOMEONE FROM GETTING CASH AT ANY ATM STATE REPRESENTATIVE SHAUNNA O’CONNELL SERVED ON THE STATE’S EBT COMMISSION EARLIER THIS YEAR. REPRESENTATIVE O’CONNELL WAS THE ONLY COMMISSION MEMBER OF 8 TO VOTE IN FAVOR OF ELIMINATING CASH BENEFITS. DAN CURLEY IS THE DEPARTMENT OF TRANSITIONAL ASSISTANCE COMMISSIONER. HE WASN’T AVAILABLE FOR AN INTERVIEW BUT SENT US THIS STATEMENT. WE ARE COMMITTED TO WORKING WITH OUR PARTNERS AND STAKEHOLDERS TO CONTINUE TO IMPROVE PROGRAM INTEGRITY TO PROTECT THE SYSTEM FOR THOSE FAMILIES WHO NEED IT. OUR I-TEAM INVESTIGATION REVEALS MONEY IS BEING TAKEN OUT NOT JUST AT LIQUOR STORES, BUT AT PLACES LIKE OFF TRACK BETTING LOCATIONS AND ITS POSSIBLY BEING USED FOR BAIL. THE 22NEWS I-TEAM OBTAINED A COPY OF A BOSTON POLICE REPORT. IN APRIL, A MAN WAS ARRESTED FOR SELLING HEROIN. THE POLICE REPORT SAYS DURING HIS PHONE CALL HE SAID “GET MY EBT CARD AND GO TO THE ATM AND GET THE MONEY TO BAIL ME OUT”. THERE ARE PEOPLE THAT USE IT THE RIGHT WAY AND THAT’S GREAT, BUT UNFORTUNATELY THERE ARE A LOT OF PEOPLE THAT DON’T USE IT THE RIGHT WAY AND THAT REALLY DETRACTS FROM THE INTEGRITY OF THE SYSTEM. IN JULY, GOVERNOR PATRICK SIGNED A WELFARE REFORM BILL INTO LAW. THEN SENT A LETTER TO LAWMAKERS SAYING HIS ADMINISTRATION WILL NOT ENCORCE IT WITH RESPECT TO THE USE OF EBT CARDS. REPRESENTATIVE O’CONNELL IS CURRENTLY SERVING ON A CASHLESS SYSTEM COMMISSION, BUT IS NOT PLEASED WITH THE PROGRESS SO FAR. THE 22NEWS I- TEAM WILL

21 comments on “I-Team: EBT and Cash”

  1. jfsfrnd says:

    Yes you can take your cash off the card.  You are supposed to do that.  Even if the states created direct deposit for people on welfare, general relief, they can spend their money how they want to.  There is nothing fraudulent about using an ATM to get your cash.

  2. James Mcgruder says:

    the money the government spends on EBT is a drop in the bucket compared to the amount of our tax money they spend on wars so fuck what they say they should give more money to EBT card holders

  3. Devendra Sharma says:

    Yea well you have to meet certain circumstances to get cash assistance with ebt system.

  4. Night Howla says:

    foodstamps is not a issues thas fucking proganda they spend like $100 billion nearly a year on black budget military shit and underground interplantary space programs . yea companies like lockeed have been building spaceships for decades

  5. Marian Yulo says:

    Give the money for those who need it . Now you can’t take the money away from everyone . Those who are on drugs take it away from the ones who have alcohol problems take it from those do mandatory drug testing you can get rid of the bad seeds . Test these people don’t punish the good ones wtf . Not fare .

  6. Marian Yulo says:

    Test all those on welfare for drug abuse and alcohol abuse . Then give them chance to clean up and if they continue take away there benefits . That will save money in the long run oh well I know it cost millions to drug test but it will save money in the long run . Then all this fraud bullshit will come to an end . Are tax dollars will be used properly . Then lets tax up on the rich to if you punish the poor punish the rich . What’s good for the goose is good for the gander ha !!!

  7. F V says:

    They try to control everything including life That's wrong

  8. F V says:

    If peoe don't stand up they will run everything

  9. princevinny18 says:

    hahahaha Nigga said get my EBT CARD 😛 AND GET ME OUT SON 😛
    HAHAHAHAHAHAHAH FUNNY SHIT THO 😛

  10. Linda Valdez says:

    What the hell sometimes you need cash for bills

  11. Karol j. says:

    But they are assuming that if they went to the atm that they arent spending it well. How do they pay bills then. I dont think theres a way to pay bills without getting money out right?????

  12. JJNoami 100 says:

    Wtf

  13. Tomato Man says:

    I just got it. I never knew you could get cash. I got bills to pay

  14. tyler496121 says:

    I have seen it used at casinos as well.

  15. LetMeSeeThis99 says:

    People who say they used it to pay bills, good I’m glad but why in cash where it untraceable? These are tax payer money and should be used as intended.

  16. Rebecka Ann Souza says:

    Not everyone is a thief!!..

  17. johnny rebel says:

    do vendors!!! pay their rent and energy bills,then make them only usable to buy general merchandise like tp,diapers soap etc.

  18. safire rose says:

    You have to take money out to pay some bills.

  19. Fair Vue says:

    This is beauty of a social welfare program like SNAP, EBT.

  20. whats your worth says:

    I need 2 no if it still works

  21. Camosity Star says:

    Yall dumb mind ur own or u might get hurt nosey white ppl and white ppl the highest on ebt

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