Did Someone Run That Metrics Report?

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On the checkout line.

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, no one noticed the record high SNAP benefits received by the Big B Food Mart in Birmingham, Alabama. On July 6, 2022, Omar Motley, 42, pleaded guilty to food stamp and tax fraud, stealing nearly $5 million from the federal government as a manager of that Big B Food Mart.

Big B Food Mart was authorized by USDA to accept food stamp benefits allowing lower-income families to purchase healthy food. But Motley manipulated the Supplemental Nutrition Act Program of the millions by unlawfully redeeming EBT SNAP benefits for cash and ineligible items. During this time, authorities said, SNAP benefits redeemed at Big B Food Mart were 52 times greater than similarly sized stores in the area. Maybe someone should be fired here for not noticing those numbers on monthly reports?

In the end, Motely used the system to benefit himself. As the manager of the Big B Food Mart, he was an authorized signatory for the store’s bank account and could operate it on his own. This allowed him to withdraw approximately $3.7 million in cash from the Big B Food Mart’s bank account where the government sent redemption payments.

Motley also pleaded guilty to tax fraud for under-reporting to the IRS his 2015 income received from redeeming SNAP benefits, which allowed for a much larger deduction in the amount of his personal income tax liability.  The tax loss to the IRS totals $847,001.00.

Great job to the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the IRS for their work in investigating this case.

“Today’s Fraud of the Day” is based on an article, posted by the Miami Herald, on July 8, 2022

Grocery store manager stole nearly $5 million as part of food stamp scheme, feds say

BY JULIA MARNIN  A man who managed a Birmingham, Alabama, grocery store pleaded guilty to food stamp and tax fraud charges. A man accused of stealing nearly $5 million from the government while managing a grocery store in Alabama pleaded guilty to a food stamp and tax fraud scheme on July 6.

Prosecutors said he drained the Birmingham store’s bank account of more than $3.7 million by manipulating the national, federally funded food stamp program from 2014 to 2017, the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Northern District of Alabama said in a July 7 news release.

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Larry Benson, Senior Director of Strategic Alliances, LexisNexis Risk Solutions - Government

Larry Benson is responsible for developing strategic partnerships and solutions for the government vertical. His expertise focuses on how government programs are defrauded by criminal groups, and the approaches necessary to prevent them from succeeding.

Mr. Benson has 30 years of experience in sales and business development. Before joining LexisNexis® Risk Solutions, he spent 12 years founding and managing two software technology startups. During the 1990s he spent 10 years as a Regional Director helping to grow a New England-based technology company from 300 employees to 7,000. He started his career with Martin Marietta Aerospace working on laser guided weapons and day/night vision systems.

A sought-after speaker and accomplished writer, Mr. Benson is the principal author of “Fraud of the Day,” a website dedicated to educating government officials about how criminals are defrauding government programs. He has co-authored WTF? Where’s the Fraud? How to Unmask and Stop Identity Fraud’s Drain on Our Government, and Data Personified, How Fraud is Changing the Meaning of Identity.

Benson holds a Bachelor of Science in Physics from Albright College, and earned two graduate degrees – a Master of Business Administration from Florida Institute of Technology, and a Master of Science in Engineering from Lehigh University.