Tuesday, July 16, 2019

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...


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...

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.

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...

Bagging Fraud

A Parkland business owner has been convicted of food stamp fraud after an investigation involving undercover agents from the Department of Agriculture and FBI. Elias Estephane, who owned two specialty meat stores, faces up to five years in prison, three years of supervised release and a fine of up to $10,000,

Not So Quick and Easy

Today’s “Fraud of the Day” is based on an article entitled, “Store owner sentenced to 15 months in prison for food stamp fraud” posted on BizTimes.com. One of three Milwaukee residents charged in a $1.2 million food stamp fraud scheme has been sentenced to 15 months in prison, according to federal court records.
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