Wednesday, December 13, 2017
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Food Stamp/SNAP Fraud

Minimal Crime Means Time

There is no gray area when it comes to participating in a crime. It doesn’t matter whether you played a big part or a small part, either you are involved or you aren’t. Today’s “Fraud of the Day” focuses on a Michigan liquor store...

Not So Quick and Easy

Today’s “Fraud of the Day” is based on an article entitled, “Store owner sentenced to 15 months in prison for food stamp fraud” posted on BizTimes.com. One of three Milwaukee residents charged in a $1.2 million food stamp fraud scheme has been sentenced to 15 months in prison, according to federal court records.

Squaring Up

The term “double-crosser” refers to someone who does something different from what they promised. Today’s fraudster agreed to participate in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) as a retail provider, but didn’t abide by the government program’s rules. He double-crossed the government twice and...

Wigging Out

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food and Nutrition Service has specific parameters that retail stores must meet to participate in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP). In general, an approved retail establishment must sell food for home preparation and consumption, meeting specific criteria. Although...

Trust, But Verify

Today’s “Fraud of the Day” is based on a press release entitled, “Salinas woman guilty of welfare fraud,” published by The Californian. A Salinas woman defrauded $3,811 from the Monterey County Department of Social Services by using personal documents of a neighbor who was deported.

Smile, You’ve Been Caught

Thanks to modern technology it’s getting harder to commit fraud without being caught. But as technology advances, fraudsters also rise to the occasion and learn how to work around systems put in place to prevent government benefits programs from being robbed. Fortunately, today’s fraudster...

SNAP Fraud Hurts Those Most in Need

The federal government's SNAP program—what many people still refer to as "food stamps"—is a vital program that ensures millions of Americans have enough to eat. Unfortunately, as most of us know all too well, scammers and fraud thieves have zero morals when it comes...

Stop-n-Steal

A lot of food stamp fraud occurs at small food markets or other establishments that accept Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits. Perhaps the owners of these establishments figure that their stores are so small that the government will never detect that they are...

Cash Advance

When people face problems with their cash flow or need money fast, a cash advance can be an ideal solution. Cash advances can be obtained legally through banks, ATM machines and credit cards for a fee and a sizable interest rate between 20-25 percent...

Following the Breadcrumbs

Hansel and Gretel left a trail of breadcrumbs on purpose so they could find their way back home after being abandoned in the woods. A convenience store owner in Baltimore left a trail of evidence (not on purpose) that led authorities to his participation...
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