Florida Food Stamp fraud bust: “Operation easy money”
Posted by Ann Corcoran on November 24, 2010
Your tax dollars!
Redistribution of wealth at work!
I saw an article the other day and if I find it again, I’ll link it here, but it was about how food stamp use was at an all-time high. Of course the implication was that so many Americans are poor and hungry. However, maybe many have figured out how to get “easy money.”
This story from WPBF 25 is the first I’ve seen in the three years I’ve been following the food stamp fraud issue where the sellers of the food stamps were arrested (presumably in addition to the convenience store operators). Warning!
WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. — More than 60 Palm Beach County residents are accused of stealing $300,000 from the food stamp program.
The Florida Department of Law Enforcement said 62 people have been charged with welfare fraud. FDLE investigators said store employees were improperly ringing up purchases, giving cash back to the holder of government-issued food stamp cards and keeping a cut for the store.
They said little or no food ever changed hands.
The arrests were the result of an 18-month joint law enforcement investigation dubbed “Operation Easy Money.”
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