food stamps

Robert Neff

Thousands of people will see their Foodshare benefits go down starting Friday.  It’s because a temporary federal program that began in 2009 is ending. 

The American Recovery Act gave people extra food stamp money during the economic downturn.  It raised maximum Foodshare benefits by more 13 percent when the federal law took effect.

But Claire Smith, spokesperson for the state Department of Health Services, says the impact won’t be as dramatic when the extra benefits expire November 1st. 

An Antigo woman is facing a felony charge in Oneida county of Public Assistance fraud after investigators allege she was given $22,000 more dollars in benefits than she had coming.

33 year old Nicole Young made an initial appearance Wednesday in Oneida County Circuit Court.

The criminal complaint says Young was living at a residence in Hazelhurst and allegedly obtained food stamps while making false representations. The alleged fraud lasted from 2008 through 2012.