Welfare Debit Card Abuse
One would think that in this tech savvy world that the government would be able to build controls into welfare debit cards. There are enough people on welfare who need these controls because they are scammers and try to take advantage of government programs. How could the government not know this???
In California, $5 million dollars was spent by those on welfare in cash benefits at casinos from 2007 to 2010. That money was supposed to be used by those receiving it on food and clothes for themselves and children. In the same period, in LA, tens of thousands of dollars slated for Needy Families program actually was spend via debit card on strip clubs!! Are these men and women going?
That is not all. The debit cards were also used but not for food and clothing, but vacations to Las Vegas and Hawaii. Oh, also cruises to hot spots.
The U.S. Senate was irate about this and passed a bill that would control what the debit card could be used for electronically. Using the debit card for anything other than food and clothing would not be approved at the point of sale. Any casino, strip club, liquor store are now out. But, what about getting a haircut? Joining a health club? Going to ACE for hardware?
It just is too complicated for the U.S. Government!