Some food stamp recipients are pulling off a scam that's costing taxpayers millions of dollars.
Unscrupulous customers are illegally selling their benefit cards, then asking the government for new ones.
To combat the problem, the Agriculture Department is proposing rules that would give states more authority to investigate people who want replacement cards more than three times a year.
"Up to this point, the state's hands have been tied unless they absolutely suspected fraudulent activity," Kevin Concannon, the department's undersecretary for food, nutrition and consumer services, said.
Food stamp fraud costs about $750 million every year.