PHOENIX – Governor Jan Brewer and the Arizona Department of Economic Security (DES) set in motion a new anti-fraud unit effective July 1. The new DES Trafficking Detection Unit (TDU) will ensure that people obtaining food stamps are not using these benefits illegally.
“We have an obligation to taxpayers,” said Governor Brewer. “These benefits can only be used by people who are eligible and need help. The State of Arizona will not tolerate any abuse of government benefits. The Nutrition Assistance Program is a necessary part of the safety net, particularly in these difficult times, but these benefits must be used to purchase food. Anything else is illegal.”
DES denied payments of approximately $9.4 million in Nutrition and Cash Assistance benefits to ineligible clients as a result of investigations conducted by the DES Office of Special Investigations in 2008 and 2009. The
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