Friday, June 22, 2018

Putting a Foot Down on Fraud

There are three common ways that Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) or food stamp fraud occurs. SNAP fraud can happen when benefits are exchanged for cash; retailers lie when applying to be readmitted to participate in the program; and, an applicant can lie about...

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...

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...

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...

If Only

Today 's fraudster has a case of the "if only 's." If only she hadn't lied about her living situation, she wouldn't be in trouble with the law, again. If only she hadn't left a folder containing information about her fraudulent scheme in plain...

Diet of Greed

There are so many diets available that it 's hard to determine which one might work the best. Some are low carb, high protein, raw food, or vegetarian in nature. An Arkansas woman signed herself up for a diet of greed and stole more...

The Secret about Secrets

Fraudsters are always trying to find shortcuts to get around the law. And they usually end up conspiring with others to get the illegal job done. Such is the case for a convenience store owner in Florida who conspired with his store manager to...

Going Undercover to Uncover Fraud

It used to be that federal agencies left undercover work to the Federal Bureau of Investigation but now, estimates say that around 40 government agencies have their own staff to do the often dangerous job. A U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) investigative agent went...

Something Smells Fishy

Fish is smelly by nature. (There are a variety of words that could be used to explain the particular aroma, but pleasant would not be one of them.) An upstate New York fish market owner tried to hide a food stamp scam behind his...

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...
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