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July 20th, 2010
08:00 AM ET

'Scammed:' Your tax dollars buying smokes & beer


All 50 states and U.S. territories now provide Food Stamp Program benefits with EBT (Electronic Benefits Transfer) cards instead of traditional paper coupon stamps pictured above. (Getty Images)

(CNN) – For nearly 50 years, the government has helped feed struggling families across the nation through its Food Stamp Program. These days, instead of stamps, the government sends out debit cards funded by your tax dollars. The problem? Some people are illegally using those cards to get cash, beer, cigarettes, and worse. Our John Zarrella reports for the second part of our AM original series, "Scammed." Watch Video


Filed under: Crime • Scammed
July 19th, 2010
09:00 AM ET

Prisoners getting bogus tax returns from IRS

(CNN) – For some convicted criminals, a life of crime doesn't stop behind bars. We found one South Florida prison where half of the inmates were trying to rip off the IRS and collect your tax dollars. Even worse, it's happening all over the nation and it's been going on for decades. Our John Zarrella reports for part one of the AM original series, "Scammed." Watch Video


Filed under: Crime • Scammed