Woman’s Attempt To Sell Food Stamps On Facebook Leads To Her Arrest

Thomas Phippen | Reporter

Probation officers found a wanted woman when she committed another crime by allegedly trying to sell her food stamps on Facebook.

Officers took 49-year-old Tanya Keenan-Mack of Williamsport, Pa., back into custody Monday, after she posted an advertisement for “food stamps at half price,” PennLive reports.

“I’m looking to sell them ASAP,” Keenan-Mack’s post said, asking $100 for $194 worth of Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits, also called food stamps.

Keenan-Mack could face additional charges for welfare fraud in addition to violation of her probation, the Philadelphia Inquirer reports. Keenan-Mack pleaded guilty to forgery in October, and was sentenced to one year parole.

Preventing food stamps fraud is a difficult task, one the federal government has tried to tackle for years. Nationally, the Department of Agriculture claims that fraud accounts for 1.3 percent of benefits in the program. (RELATED: USDA STILL Can’t Prevent Food Stamp Fraud)

More than 1.8 million people in Pennsylvania received about $2.7 billion in food stamp benefits out the nearly $74 billion program in 2015, according to USDA data.

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