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Food Stamp/SNAP Fraud

Did Someone Run That Metrics Report?

One purpose of running a Regional Sales Reports is to enable clear and real-time analysis that compares store performance against other stores. If a report was ever run for stores authorized to accept SNAP benefits for Jefferson County in Alabama, for 2014 to 2017,...

One Pound, Thinly Sliced Please

Two Brownsville women were sentenced to Federal prison Wednesday for their roles in a $1.2 million food stamp fraud that included but not limited to buying nearly 50 tons of cheese slices, the U.S. Department of Justice said. That is about 4,900 slices! Ana Rioja,...

$5,000 Will Cost You

Would you be willing to serve up to 20 years in prison and pay a fine of $250,000 in exchange for illegally obtaining $5,000 in government benefits you didn’t deserve? It seems like a pretty high price to pay for a relatively small sum...

Hungry for Fraud

Bader Al-Dhumani, 56, of Erie, Penn., pleaded guilty to food stamp fraud as owner of Palm Tree Market. He accepted food stamps in exchange for cash, store credit, and ineligible items. (When retailers apply to become a SNAP-authorized retailer, they must agree to certain...

Like Father, Like Son

When you think of father-son activities, perhaps fishing, playing catch, camping, watching a sporting event or working on a car together come to mind. A Campden County, N.J., father-son duo had a different idea. The ringleader of a Gloucester City drug ring and his...

Using Groceries for Personal Gain

Russel Leroy Dotson, Jr., 63, of Jacksonville, Fla., and his wife, Maria Luisa Dotson, 66, have been sentenced after conspiring to commit wire fraud against the U.S Department of Agriculture’s Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP). The Dotson couple owned two Asmarina Food Mart locations in...

Scam on Aisle 2

The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP, formerly known as the food stamp program) is designed to end hunger among Americans with limited means. SNAP provides financial benefits via Electronic Benefit Transfer (EBT) cards, to purchase only food at authorized stores (Unless the grocery is...

Benefits Gone in a SNAP

The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), provides government benefits to supplement the food budget of needy families so they can purchase healthy food and move towards self-sufficiency. Individuals must qualify to receive these benefits, so it’s particularly egregious that an economic support specialist with...

On the Hook

At Seafood and More in Danville, Va., you can order up some frog legs, jumbo shrimp, oysters, crab cakes, and even alligator if you’re adventurous. And apparently, in the past, SNAP benefits were also available for market price. (I can guarantee you that particular...

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...
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