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Food Stamp/SNAP Fraud

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...

Caught Red Handed…Twice

Did you ever watch cartoons growing up? For those of you who have (and maybe still do), I'm sure you remember the animated facial gestures the cartoon characters made when they were caught ''red-handed'' doing something they shouldn't have been doing. Their heads would...

Keeping Options Open

If you say that you are ''keeping your options open,'' that generally means that you'll make a choice based on what is easiest or most enjoyable. For example, you can keep your options open when deciding on whether to take a day hike on...

I Just Didn’t Know

Have you ever done something that was considered ''bad'' or ''illegal'' by mistake? Maybe you just didn't know you were doing it, or didn't know there was a rule prohibiting it. Perhaps you've never said it, but you might know someone who has? ''Officer,...

Pennsylvania Leads the Way in Busting Food Stamp Fraud

I'm in the business of hearing about fraud, reading about fraud and frankly...pulling my hair out about fraud, so it's always an exciting day when I hear about a victory against fraud. And, according to an article from The Mercury today is that...

In the Business of Food (Stamps)

The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), also known as food stamps, exists for one reason? to help those in need afford the ever-rising price of groceries. And who needs help affording groceries more than grocery stores themselves? At least that was the theory behind...

Fast Track to Prison

One of the most fraudulent uses of food stamps is selling them in exchange for cash or other unapproved items. A recent Missouri case focuses on two individuals selling methamphetamine (definitely an unapproved item) in exchange for Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits. Co-defendants Melanie...

California Student Football Players Accused of Fraud Just the Tip of the Iceberg

Fraud comes in all shapes and sizes and it also comes – as this story from the Associated Press illustrates – at varying degrees of athletic ability. At the heart of the story are ''as many as'' two dozen football players from Fresno...

Wiping Out Widespread Food Stamp Fraud

According to an article posted on TurnTo10.com, one out of every 20 food stamp transactions is fraudulent. This statistic supports the idea that Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) fraud is a widespread problem. The story details the criminal acts of one corrupt...

Beefing Up Food Stamps

The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), also known as food stamps, exists to help people who need financial assistance to buy food. Unfortunately, there is a portion of the population who takes advantage of the aid – trading food stamps for cash. According to...
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