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HELENA - Montana's U.S. attorney says stepped-up efforts against food-stamp and Social Security fraud in the state are showing results.

Bill Mercer says that in the last three months, seven people in Montana have been indicted on allegations they submitted fraudulent claims to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, which administers the food-stamp program. Federal officials estimate that strengthened enforcement against Social Security fraud in Montana saved $535,380 in fiscal 2008.

The crackdown includes special telephone hot lines for the public to report suspicions of fraud.

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