Friday, December 4, 2020

Avoiding Scrutiny

If a fraudster wants to avoid scrutiny, it's best not to point a weapon at investigators who show up with a search warrant. A former convenience store owner alerted investigators to his food stamp scam by pointing a gun at federal investigators and police...

Grocer Goes for the Green

Many small business owners who operate retail stores struggle to compete with large national chains. However, few try to get a leg up on their competition by committing fraud. The Herald nonetheless reports that a Washington state business owner did just that by paying...

Definition of Helping

A couple who owned and operated a small convenience store in Barrigada, Guam told a judge they were just trying to help by extending credit to their customers who didn’t have enough money at the end of each month to purchase food. While they...

A Storm of Stamps

When Hurricane Irene slammed into the coast of New Jersey in August 2011, it left many parts of the state a disaster with a tally of over two million homes without power, and subject to widespread flooding/wind damage. In an effort to assist the...

Stamp of Disapproval

The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), formerly known as the Food Stamp program, provides federal aid to approved beneficiaries with little or no income living within the U.S. (Tax dollars subsidize specific food purchases at approved retail food stores.) An article posted on

$2.2 Million in Food Stamp Fraud at the Local Dairy Mart

The local Dairy Mart (sounds like a dangerous hangout) isn't exactly where you would expect to find a major fraud case unfolding, but that's what authorities think was happening, according to a recent report from Channel 5's Federal agents arrested four people 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,...

The $3 Million Mistake

We all make mistakes. Everyone once in while we may put salt instead of sugar in the coffee, miss a deadline at work or forget to record the big game. While some mistakes fair larger than others, we are guilty in the crime. According...


Today’s “Fraud of the Day” is based on an article entitled, “Grocery cashier pleads guilty to food stamp fraud in multi-million dollar scheme” published by Brooklyn Daily Eagle. A 46-year-old man who worked at his brother’s bodega in East New York pleaded guilty to stealing millions of dollars in a food-stamp scheme while he worked as a cashier.

Shortcut to Temporary Success

Today’s “Fraud of the Day” is based on an article entitled, “Waterbury grocery store worker sentenced in Food Stamp fraud” posted on A Waterbury man was sentenced Thursday in Hartford to 30 months in prison for defrauding the federal stamp program.
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