Thursday, June 30, 2022

Generosity

Generosity is a characteristic that is not usually associated with fraudsters unless they are on the receiving end of a windfall. (They tend to be very generous with themselves, making sure they collect as much money as possible.) Today’s fraudster from Williamsport, Pennsylvania was the...

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”...

Scapegoat

A food stamp fraud scheme involving a specialty food shop located in the Findlay Market area of Cincinnati is the focus of today’s fraud article. A couple, who owned the establishment, is charged with carrying out the $3.4 million heist with the assistance of another family...

Nailed

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food and Nutrition Service provides explicit instructions on what Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits can and cannot buy. The idea behind the government-funded program is to provide beneficiaries with money to purchase items including bread, cereal, fruit, vegetables, meats, fish, poultry,...

What’s the Message Getting Through?

 Because Guam – a Micronesian island located in the Pacific Ocean – is a territory of the United States, its citizens are eligible to participate in the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP). USDA’s Food and Nutrition Service (FNS), which...

The Shame Effect

Many judges punish individuals who have committed a crime with time behind bars. Occasionally, judges come up with creative ways to enforce a sentence that don’t require jail time. Today’s “Fraud of the Day” article showcases how a Michigan judge dealt with food stamp...

A Permit by Any Other Name Would… Still be Fraud

According to the USDA Food and Nutrition Service’s guidance for retailers accepting SNAP benefits, there are several requirements that retail owners must fulfill. Among these are the requirement that the store owner must have a permit for each store they own, and the permit...

Fraudulent Philanthropy

The former owner of a Portland, Maine halal market was recently convicted of engaging in one of the largest Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) fraud schemes to occur in the state. According to the former market owner from Westbrook, the $1.4 million scam was...

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,...

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...
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