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Food Stamp/SNAP Fraud

Party On

Four men in Lansing, Mich., who used their Speedwagon party store to defraud the federal food stamp program became familiar with a paddywagon after law enforcement caught up with them. Wine, beer, tobacco and food stamps are not usually associated together....

Three Times a Charm

A woman in Medford, Mass., admitted to lying so she could receive $108,288 in Social Security, Medicare and MassHealth benefits and food stamps over a 10-year period. (SO ambitious!). She was subsequently charged for her Food Stamp, Social Security and Medicare fraud scheme (Three...

High Volume

Business owners usually rely on precise pricing methods and high-volume sales to make a profit. (The owner of a Newark, New Jersey-based deli-owner took a different approach to profit in today’s fraud article.) She made nearly $900,000 through food stamp fraud when she exchanged Supplemental Nutrition...

Perfectly Clear

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s food stamp program, otherwise known as the Supplemental Nutrition and Assistance Program (SNAP), is perfectly clear on what items are eligible for purchase using the government benefits. (It’s also clear on what cannot be bought.) A man from Jersey City, N.J.,...

Good People vs. Bad People

What makes someone a good person vs. a bad person? Good people are usually trustworthy, responsible, generous, polite, kind to others and honest.  Bad people tend to be selfish, irresponsible, deceptive and have a sense of entitlement. Despite attempting to steal $4.5 million from the Supplemental...

Blatant Disregard

Sometimes welfare recipients unintentionally make mistakes on their applications for government benefits. Today’s fraudster, a York, Pennsylvania man, intentionally lied on multiple applications for Medicaid and Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program benefits. He committed Medicaid fraud and SNAP fraud when he blatantly disregarded the government’s rules. Read on...

Generosity

Generosity is a characteristic that is not usually associated with fraudsters unless they are on the receiving end of a windfall. (They tend to be very generous with themselves, making sure they collect as much money as possible.) Today’s fraudster from Williamsport, Pennsylvania was the...

Big Appetite

The U.S. Department of Agriculture manages the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), providing about $61 billion in benefits to more than 20 million households as of 2018. A recent study on food stamp trafficking by the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) estimates that $1 billion in food stamp...

Keep Your Mouth Shut

If you were asked what qualities make someone a good person, what characteristics would you include? Perhaps words like kind, honest, trustworthy, ethical, self-controlled and respectful might make the list. While on the witness stand, an Augusta, Georgia woman considered herself to be a “good person”...

Spoiled

Fraudsters are spoiled. They indulge in government funds intended to assist qualified beneficiaries like kids who can’t keep their hands out of the cookie jar. (They spend the “free” money on themselves in a variety of extravagant ways because one cookie is never enough.) A...
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