Thursday, August 22, 2019
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Food Stamp/SNAP Fraud

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...

Scapegoat

A food stamp fraud scheme involving a specialty food shop located in the Findlay Market area of Cincinnati is the focus of today’s fraud article. A couple, who owned the establishment, is charged with carrying out the $3.4 million heist with the assistance of another family...

Disproportionate

When talking about criminal law, the term “proportionality” is used to convey the idea that a punishment should fit the crime. Today, we look at a case involving an Essex County, New Jersey man who committed food stamp fraud as an employee working in his daughter’s...

Nailed

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food and Nutrition Service provides explicit instructions on what Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits can and cannot buy. The idea behind the government-funded program is to provide beneficiaries with money to purchase items including bread, cereal, fruit, vegetables, meats, fish, poultry,...

What’s the Message Getting Through?

 Because Guam – a Micronesian island located in the Pacific Ocean – is a territory of the United States, its citizens are eligible to participate in the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP). USDA’s Food and Nutrition Service (FNS), which...

The Shame Effect

Many judges punish individuals who have committed a crime with time behind bars. Occasionally, judges come up with creative ways to enforce a sentence that don’t require jail time. Today’s “Fraud of the Day” article showcases how a Michigan judge dealt with food stamp...
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