CHICOPEE, Mass. (WWLP) - The 22News I-Team has been following the EBT (Electronic Benefit Transfer) trail of spending for several years. 22News I-Team reporter Ryan Walsh has once again dug into a year’s worth of data and uncovered where our tax dollars are being spent.
The I-Team reviewed hundreds of thousands of ATM Transactions where people receiving state assistance took out money with their EBT card. Once again, records show cash withdrawals from ATM's located at casinos, strip clubs, and in airports and restaurants nationwide.
The state prohibits purchases at many of these locations, but has no way to tell how the cash is spent.
What's being done to prevent the misuse of your tax dollars by EBT recipients? See Part 1 of 22News I-Team reporter Ryan Walsh's two-part special report on the abuse of EBT benefits, Thursday, February 23 on 22News at 6PM.
Read the Department of Transitional Assistance guidelines for using EBT.