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Food Stamp/SNAP Fraud

Fraudulent Philanthropy

The former owner of a Portland, Maine halal market was recently convicted of engaging in one of the largest Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) fraud schemes to occur in the state. According to the former market owner from Westbrook, the $1.4 million scam was...

Cheesy

Apparently, the world’s oldest cheese was recently found in an Egyptian tomb by archeologists. It is estimated to be 3,200 years old. (Can you imagine what that must have smelled like?) In addition to having a long storage life, according to a Southeast Portland,...

Declined

You would think that because the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) includes the word “nutrition” in the name, it’s easy to surmise that the food stamp program would pay for any type of food in general. (But that is not the case.) The operator...

A Dime A Dozen

It seems that retailers who abuse the Food and Nutrition Service’s (FNS) Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) are a dime a dozen. The U.S. Department of Agriculture reports that approximately 35,891 food retailers illegally trafficked more than $1 billion in SNAP benefits between 2012...

Left Holding the Bag

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) reports that a majority of food stamp trafficking happens in smaller-sized retailers. That is the case for today’s “Fraud of the Day” article where the former owner of a Louisville, Kentucky specialty food...

Fish Story

You’ve probably heard stories about the “one” that got away. (They always tend to be described as some monstrosity that has never been seen before.) The owner of a fish market in northeast Rochester, New York tried to get away with a monstrous $1.4...

Brainwashed

Brainwashing is basically extreme emotional manipulation that makes logical thinking difficult. (Although cults are most frequently associated with brainwashing techniques, advertisers, news media and political parties have also been known to use the subtle method to control a particular outcome.)  A Cleveland, Ohio social...

What’s in the Shopping Cart?

 The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) is pretty clear about how government food stamp benefits can be used. The Food and Nutrition Service (FNS), which administers the program, prefers that beneficiaries buy healthy stuff like breads, cereals, fruits and vegetables, meats, fish, poultry products...

Recipe for Disaster

One of the most common forms of food stamp fraud usually involves an authorized retailer purchasing electronic benefit transfer (EBT) debit cards for about 50 cents on the dollar. An owner of a Chinatown bakery in Boston, Massachusetts cooked up a Supplemental Nutrition Assistance...

The Good, the Bad and the Ugly

Self-love abounds when it comes to fraudsters. True to form, today’s “Fraud of the Day” article readily demonstrates that an Enid, Oklahoma mom, whose last name was Good, put herself way ahead of the well-being of her children, especially her four-year-old daughter. The young...
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