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Food Stamp/SNAP Fraud

Hitting the Welfare Jackpot

You'd think that welfare checks and food assistance would lose their luster after winning the lottery – but not according to the defendant in today's Fraud of the Day from the Associated Press. A Michigan woman was recently charged with fraud for continuing to...

Fraudsters Go Unprosecuted, Costing Taxpayers Millions

All this talk about cutting budgets, but what about cutting the fraud? Let's take the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) aka food stamps, as an example. The Washington Examiner recently reported the findings of the Heritage Foundation, which notes that for cases in 2011,...

Trafficking Stop

There is a serious black market for food stamps, and the government is even more serious about cracking down on food stamp trafficking. Cleveland.com has the story of a father-and-son team in Ohio, who illegally netted almost a million dollars by trading food stamps...

Keeping Fraudsters Accountable

Our justice system is committed to catching criminals and punishing them appropriately. It's also big on teaching offenders how to be accountable for their behavior so they don't cycle through the penal system again. An article published by the Lafayette Journal & Courier tells...

Grocery List

Do you make a grocery list before you head to the store? What's your sorting method? Perhaps you like to hit the produce section first, make your way to the chips aisle and finish up in dairy and meat. Everyone has their method; fraudsters,...

A Tale of Two (SNAP) Frauds

What drives people to commit Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) fraud? I'm sure lots of factors come into play. Maybe it is a crime of opportunity. It could be just about greed. Or...maybe it is even just for kicks. In some cases, we may...

Cheese to Blame?

Wisconsin, famous for its milk and cheese, has found itself facing problems in its food stamps program, known as FoodShare. According to the Associated Press, an audit report by the nonpartisan Legislative Audit Bureau flagged about 330 purchases made by 150 recipients of the...

California Student Football Players Accused of Fraud Just the Tip of the Iceberg

Fraud comes in all shapes and sizes and it also comes – as this story from the Associated Press illustrates – at varying degrees of athletic ability. At the heart of the story are ''as many as'' two dozen football players from Fresno...

What is SNAP Fraud?

The U.S. Department of Agriculture's Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), which offers nutrition assistance to millions of eligible beneficiaries, is a prime target for criminals. This video describes how retailers and beneficiaries use SNAP to steal government benefits they do not deserve and suggests...

Do Whatever You Want

If someone handed you a stack of cash and told you to do whatever you wanted, what would you do? (Would you go on a shopping spree, make a bank deposit or stash it under your mattress for safe keeping?) An article posted on...
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