RICHMOND, VA (WWBT)- One out of every eight Virginians relies on the government to help them buy food each month. The number of families on food stamps (also called the SNAP program) in Virginia has doubled in just the last seven years, and as 12 Investigates discovered, so have the number of fraud allegations.
Go on Facebook or Twitter and just type in, "food stamps for sale." You'll be amazed at the number of people openly trying to trade their benefits for cash. The benefits are often advertised as 50 cents on the dollar.
Priscilla Eggleston baby sits to make money. It's not enough to survive on, she says she depends on her food stamps. "I Can't afford to sell no food stamps online because what I get I need."
She also knows it's illegal. "If you get caught you're going to be in trouble so why risk something that you're going to get free anyway," she adds.