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  • AG: Fraud cases difficult in food stamp misuse

    February 28, 2014 3:11 PM

    BATON ROUGE- Attorney General Buddy Caldwell says it would be hard to prosecute fraud cases against Louisiana residents who overspent food stamp limits during a computer crash last October. Caldwell said Friday there's no evidence of who presented the food stamp card, and he says no stores complained about the... more »
  • Report: Felons, prisoners and overpayments in SNAP Play Video

    May 6, 2013 3:43 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Nearly 2,000 prisoners and drug felons received more than $1 million in food stamp payments during 2011 and 2012, according to a report from the Louisiana Auditor's office. The state food stamp program, now known as Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), gave 1,761 incarcerated participants $1,107,740,... more »
  • 2 women plead guilty to SNAP fraud

    December 7, 2012 12:35 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Officials say an investigation by the Louisiana Department of Children and Family Services' Fraud and Recovery Unit has led to two women pleading guilty to receiving nearly $30,000 in ineligible Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program benefits. Officials say Katrina Howard of Winnsboro illegally obtained benefits from April 2008... more »
  • New steps to combat food stamp fraud

    May 24, 2012 11:47 AM

    WASHINGTON- The government is trying to crack down on food stamp recipients who are ripping off taxpayers by illegally selling their benefit cards for cash. The Agriculture Department wants to curb the practice by giving states more power to investigate people who repeatedly claim to lose their benefit cards and... more »
  • Gov't taking new steps to combat food stamp fraud

    May 24, 2012 7:30 AM

    WASHINGTON - The government is trying to crack down on food stamp recipients who are ripping off taxpayers by illegally selling their benefit cards for cash. The Agriculture Department wants to curb the practice by giving states more power to investigate people who repeatedly claim to lose their benefit cards... more »
  • Stamp Honors 'Mockingbird's' 50th Anniversary

    April 13, 2012 7:52 PM

    Fans of author Harper Lee lined up in Monroeville, Alabama for a new stamp and envelope celebrating the 50th anniversary of her Pulitzer Prize-winning novel, "To Kill a Mockingbird." They wanted them processed at the post office there to be collector's items. The Monroe County Heritage Museum ordered 10,000 of... more »
  • More La. residents relying on food stamps

    December 23, 2011 3:23 AM

    LIVINGSTON, La. (AP) - The face of Louisianians on food stamps has changed and broadened with the worsened economy in a state mired in poverty and repeatedly hit by disasters. Recipients now include college graduates, two-parent households, elderly residents with growing medical bills and the working poor. For hundreds of... more »
  • Stamp celebrates Louisiana's 200th birthday Play Video

    December 12, 2011 4:54 PM

    BATON ROUGE- The U.S. Postal Service chose a picture taken by wildlife photographer C.C. Lockwood, of Baton Rouge, for the Louisiana Bicentennial Stamp. It is a photograph Lockwood shot in 1976 on Flat Lake near Morgan City at sunset. "I knew that my ultimate sunset would be taken there,"... more »
  • Stamp to Honor Legendary Hollywood Director

    August 16, 2011 7:50 PM

    Look for a stamp next year that honors Oscar-winning Hollywood film director John Huston. The art on the stamp is inspired by the 1941 movie "The Maltese Falcon" and depicts actor Humphrey Bogart holding the statue of the falcon. Huston won an Oscar for directing "The Treasure of the Sierra... more »
  • Mother Teresa Stamp

    September 2, 2010 7:43 PM

    A new postage stamp recognizes Mother Teresa's humanitarian work and will be released in a ceremony on Sunday at Washington's National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception. The Roman Catholic nun won the Nobel Peace Prize in 1979 for her half-century of work with the sick and destitute of India and... more »
  • Former state workers plead guilty in food stamp fraud

    August 17, 2010 10:21 AM

    Four former state employees have pleaded guilty in federal court to charges related to disaster food stamp fraud. U.S. District Judge Richard Haik accepted guilty pleas Monday from Angela Gray, 46, of New Iberia; Edie Harrison, 46, of New Iberia; Paula Bell, 54, of Baldwin; and Felicia Carroll, 41, of... more »
  • 4 plead guilty in disaster food stamp cases

    August 17, 2010 6:26 AM

    Four former state employees have pleaded guilty in federal court to charges related to disaster food stamp fraud. Angela Gray, Edie Harrison, Paula Bell, and Felicia Carroll all pled guilty. Gray, Harrison and Bell were employees of the state Department of Social Services in St. Mary Parish. Carroll worked for... more »
  • Group calls postal rate increase a tax hike

    July 6, 2010 12:17 PM

    A group opposed to a postal rate hike says it's "another tax imposed on Americans at a time when the economy can least afford it." The post office wants to increase the price of a stamp by 2 cents to 46 cents. The hike proposal, which goes to the... more »

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