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A woman has been ordered to pay the state of Illinois over $700 due to her receiving more food stamps than she should have…. in the 1980s.

The 70-year-old woman is being told she must pay the full amount or that the state may withhold money owed to her, including social security.

According to the Chicago Sun Times, “isn’t there a statute of limitations? Actually, no, explained Meghan Powers, an Illinois Department of Human Services spokeswoman. Powers said the state is mandated by federal law to collect any overpayments from the Supplemental Assistance Nutrition Program (SNAP), formerly known as food stamps. The same goes for Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) program. There is no time limit on when the debts can be collected, and the department does not have discretion to forgive old debts, Powers said.”

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