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Millionaire Exposes Loophole in Food Stamp Laws, Proves It by Getting an EBT Card

So how much money can you have in the banks and still get food stamps in Minnesota?

As it turns out, you can swim in caverns of gold coins like Scrooge McDuck and still receive aid under the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program.

Millionaire Rob Undersander, who says he and his wife are worth more than $1 million combined, claims he’s been getting food stamps for more than a year — all in an effort to prove to lawmakers that the system has a huge loophole.

Undersander, who is retired, spends some of his time volunteering with the Central Minnesota Council on Aging, where he helps other seniors navigate the often murky waters of enrolling in government assistance programs.

One of those programs is SNAP, which is meant to provide low-income individuals and families with food stamps.

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“I’m sitting in the [training] class, I’ll never forget this,” Undersander told the Washington Free Beacon. “We’re going through pages and pages of all these programs for low-income seniors that have ascending income [qualification] levels and ascending asset levels. But when you get to SNAP, it’s only income.”

“I’ve got the [SNAP] form in my hand and I’m thinking of my financial situation, and I said ‘you know, I just can’t believe this,'” Undersander said. “So I went down to the second floor of the Sterns County Courthouse, stood in line a little bit, handed in the application and three weeks later I’m getting food stamps, a balance on my EBT card.”

“Even legislators are not aware that millionaires can get food stamps,” he added.

The problem is that when determining eligibility for SNAP benefits, which are largely funded by federal tax dollars but distributed by the states, Minnesota only looks at income, not net worth.

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And as the Free Beacon noted, 33 other states do the same thing.

Undersander has told his story to legislators in Minnesota in an effort to expose the loophole so that they will find a way to close it.

But at least one local Democrat was not amused by Undersander’s tactics.

“You knew this was wrong and you did it anyway,” Democrat state Rep. John Considine told Undersander last year, the St. Paul Pioneer Press reported. “I find it pretty despicable. … I am just sorry there is no way we can prosecute you.”

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But Undersander hasn’t been collecting SNAP benefits for his own gain.

“Undersander said he carefully documented how he re-donated ‘equal to or more’ of the SNAP money he received to charitable causes in his county in addition to other direct assistance he provided to needy people in his area, so that he did not personally benefit,” the Free Beacon reported.

Even though Considine wanted to punish Undersander for … acting completely being within the bounds of the law, state lawmakers have not yet changed the SNAP provisions.

On Thursday, meanwhile, the U.S. House agriculture subcommittee will hear Undersander’s story.

His goal, Undersander says, is not to eliminate SNAP assistance to needy families, but rather to make sure it is the truly needy who receive the aid.

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G.S. Hair is the former executive editor of The Western Journal.
G.S. Hair is the former executive editor of The Western Journal and vice president of digital content of Liftable Media.

After graduating law school from the Cecil C. Humphries School of Law, Mr. Hair spent a decade as an attorney practicing at the trial and appellate level in Arkansas and Tennessee. He represented clients in civil litigation, contractual disputes, criminal defense and domestic matters. He spent a significant amount of time representing indigent clients who could not afford private counsel in civil or criminal matters. A desire for justice and fairness was a driving force in Mr. Hair's philosophy of representation. Inspired by Christ’s role as an advocate on our behalf before God, he often represented clients who had no one else to fight on their behalf.

Mr. Hair has been a consultant for Republican political candidates and has crafted grassroots campaign strategies to help mobilize voters in staunchly Democrat regions of the Eastern United States.

In early 2015, he began writing for Conservative Tribune. After the site was acquired by Liftable Media, he shut down his law practice, moved to Arizona and transitioned into the position of site director. He then transitioned to vice president of content. In 2018, after Liftable Media folded all its brands into The Western Journal, he was named executive editor. His mission is to advance conservative principles and be a positive and truthful voice in the media.

He is married and has four children. He resides in Phoenix, Arizona.
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