The proposed legislation would order states to provide new money as soon as possible. New Yorkers has been at least $730,000 stolen from them this year.
The New Federal Bill for SNAP Victims
Friday, public assistance for people who have had their SNAP benefits stolen through “skimming” fraud can finally have that money repaid under a new federal bill thanks to the New York Democrat Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand
New posted from SmartNews, the bill would order states to reissue stolen federal money right away to the rightful owner, according to the senator, who was accompanied by state lawmakers, at the Grand Street in Manhattan in a Chinese-American Planning Council’s senior center. It also includes assisting the state and federal help to track data from Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) cards and find ways to strengthen security on them.
Several New Yorkers Are Stolen Through “Skimming”
THE CITY reported earlier this month that several New Yorkers had their SNAP benefits stolen through “skimming” fraud on credit card reading machines. Gillibrand’s statement, says more low-income families are at risk every day by losing their SNAP benefits leading them to hunger without the possibility of justice.
The stolen money has been spent everywhere in the United States, according to lawyers from The Legal Aid Society, which has stood for many of the victims. More than 2.8 million New Yorkers are depending on SNAP said OTDA Commissioner Daniel Tietz. He continued his statements by quoting “if when recipients have their benefits stolen, deserving New Yorkers are unable to get their stolen benefits replaced, seriously hampering the household budgets of families and individuals in need.”