An Anchorage woman was convicted of food stamp fraud and was ordered to pay $8,510 in restitution to the state. According to the Anchorage Daily News, the woman also failed to disclose that her child’s biological father was living with her and contributing to the income of the household. She claimed to have no idea that what she was doing was illegal, saying: “I was not trying to defraud them intentionally at all.” (“I wasn’t trying to defraud them intentionally and not get CAUGHT at all,” sounds more like it.)
Apparently the man living with her was making $67,000 to $82,000 a year during the four-year period in which she was accused of fraud. The woman said she didn’t list him as someone in her household because he didn’t contribute to her living expenses (except for those of their child). Due to the inaccurate reporting of her household, the woman received over $6,949 in food stamps. She was sentenced to five years of probation and 60 hours of community service, in addition to paying restitution. (Yee-haw!)
I think it’s worth mentioning that this woman’s criminal history includes convictions for shoplifting, assault, drunk driving, larceny and forgery. (When does she have time to shop and use her fraudulently obtained food stamps?!) It’s safe to say that this story speaks for itself: food stamps need to be better regulated, and fraudsters need to be fed to the polar bears.