Stolen EBT Benefits, Federal Government to Help Recipients in Oklahoma

Pres. Joe Biden signed a law to fund the stolen EBT benefits in Oklahoma taken from card skimming, cloning, and other similar forms of fraud.

Stolen EBT benefits
Biden administration addressed the Stolen EBT benefits. (Photo: Boston Globe)

Stolen EBT Benefits

The stolen EBT benefits have increased during the time of the pandemic when the federal government increased the amount of the benefits program. Some states call this as SNAP but this is commonly known as Food Stamps.

In a published article in KFOR, the amount that the recipients would receive was loaded through an EBT card. However, there was increased stolen EBT benefits occurred during the wake of the pandemic.

To address the problem of the stolen EBT benefits, the federal government or the Biden administration through the U.S. Department of  Agriculture released the Consolidated Appropriations Act. 

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Provisions Inside the Omnibus

The U.S. Department of Agriculture said that they are aware of the increase in stolen EBT benefits. In an official statement they released, they said that the agency, “aware of increased reports of Electronic Benefit Transfer (EBT) theft due to card skimming, cloning, and similar fraudulent methods.

According to a published article on official website of the Department of Agriculture, the newly signed Omnibus law stated that SNAP benefits can claim their stolen EBT benefits that occurred between October 1, 2020 and September 30, 2024.

Furthermore, the guidelines also mentioned that, “plans must be submitted to FNS no later than Feb. 27, 2023, which is 60 days after the enactment of the Omnibus. Approved plans will be incorporated into the states’ plans of operation and will remain in effect until the publication of the interim final rule.”

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