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Food Stamp/SNAP Fraud

Big or Small, This Hurts All

A Rock Hill, South Carolina woman, who masterminded a food stamp scam, stole more than $5 million from the government program over six years.

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...

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...

Hangry for Justice

According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), the average cost of food for a family of four including one male adult, one female adult and two children between the ages of 6 and 11, is approximately $1,052.60 per month. Today’s fraudster committed food...

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”...

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,...

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...

Minimal Crime Means Time

There is no gray area when it comes to participating in a crime. It doesn’t matter whether you played a big part or a small part, either you are involved or you aren’t. Today’s “Fraud of the Day” focuses on a Michigan liquor store...

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...

Trust, But Verify

Today’s “Fraud of the Day” is based on a press release entitled, “Salinas woman guilty of welfare fraud,” published by The Californian. A Salinas woman defrauded $3,811 from the Monterey County Department of Social Services by using personal documents of a neighbor who was deported.
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