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Food Stamp/SNAP Fraud

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”...

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...

You Can Defraud, But You Can’t Hide

Excerpt: Today’s “Fraud of the Day” is based on a press release entitled, “Former HHSA Employee Sentenced to Prison for Embezzlement and Welfare Fraud.” Today in Department 10 of the Tulare County Superior Court, Visalia Division, Judge Kathryn  Montejano sentenced Yvonne Hernandez, age 43, of Hanford, to four years in state prison for multiple financial crimes. On March 14, 2017, Hernandez pleaded guilty to 31 counts of embezzlement of public monies and 18 counts of welfare 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.

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...

Stealing from Babies

It’s hard to imagine how people can steal food from the mouths of disadvantaged babies and their mothers, but it happens. The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Special Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, or SNAP, for Women, Infants and Children, also known as WIC, is a $6.3...

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,...

Party On

Four men in Lansing, Mich., who used their Speedwagon party store to defraud the federal food stamp program became familiar with a paddywagon after law enforcement caught up with them. Wine, beer, tobacco and food stamps are not usually associated together....

Oh, SNAP!

Some people just don’t know when to quit. A Newark, N.J., store owner had already been banned from participating in the federal Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program when he put his grocery store in another person’s name to get back into swindling the federal program....

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...
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