Media Advisory – Local and State Leaders to Highlight Collaborative Efforts to Protect Integrity of Public Assistance Program

(HARRISBURG) – Senator Ryan Aument (R-36) and Representative Mindy Fee (R-37), along with Pennsylvania Inspector General Bruce Beemer and Lancaster County District Attorney Craig Stedman will hold a news conference to discuss new collaborative efforts to combat fraud and abuse in the trafficking of Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (“SNAP”) benefits.

Senator Aument and Fee will highlight Act 29 of 2017, which statutorily created the Office of Inspector General in Pennsylvania and provided law enforcement power to the agency.  They will also discuss Senate Bill 1127, which Governor Wolf just signed into law as Act 160 of 2018.  The new law increases penalties for SNAP trafficking.

Inspector General Beemer and District Attorney Stedman will outline a new Memorandum of Understanding (“MOU”) that was entered into by their offices that will allow for the coordination and collaboration of SNAP trafficking cases and the value this offers in addressing the abuse of this important public program.

The news conference will held on Wednesday, October 31, 2018, beginning at 10:00 AM at the Lancaster City Bureau of Police, 39 W. Chestnut Street, 1st Floor Media Room, Lancaster, PA  17603.

Media participation is encouraged and welcome.


Jake Smeltz (Senate) 717-787-4420
Clarke Madden (Inspector General’s Office) 717-216-7402
Brett Hambright (District Attorney’s Office) 717-295-2041