Massive food stamp fraud bust, Florida this time…

If you are a longtime reader, you know that following food stamp fraud cases is a side interest of mine. Go here to my large archive on past cases.  I haven’t written much lately on the topic because reporting on the refugee program is about all I can handle.

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There is so much that could be done to stop the fraud including disallowing these ‘mom and pop’ convenience stores from accepting EBT cards.

 

I continue to urge one of you to write a blog solely on the topic of immigrant fraud such as food stamp fraud and other welfare fraud—a topic that could keep you busy every day and do our country a great service.

And, besides, your blog could be hopping (and fun to write!) because I suspect we will see more crackdowns now that the Justice Department is run by Jeff Sessions.

The type of fraud mentioned here in the Breitbart story (called trafficking) works like this: Customer with SNAP benefits comes in to store wanting cash (for drugs?). Manager or owner pays customer 50 cents on the dollar in cash and then seeks reimbursement from the government (you!) for the full $1 dollar supposedly spent on food.

Here is Breitbart:

Twelve Floridians have been charged with running an alleged $20 million food stamp fraud scheme in one of the “largest” food stamp fraud crackdowns in history, according to the Justice Department.

Federal prosecutors told the Miami Herald that the 12 defendants who reportedly defrauded the federal government of $20 million were charged with food stamp fraud, wire fraud, and conspiracy to commit wire fraud.

The list of those charged include Mohammed Alobaisi, 37; Mohammad Alteen, 33; Joe Ann Baker, 56; Reynold Francois, 38; Omar Hajje, 43; Jalal Hajyousef, 42; Andy Javier Herrera, 24, and his father, Javier Herrera, 49; Ihab Hassouna, 44; Maria Jerdana, 36; Hasan Saleh, 59; and Yousef “Joe” Homedan Zahran, 60.

“In this instance, eight small convenience stores in South Florida committed a staggering amount of fraud in a relatively short amount of time,” said Karen Citizen-Wilcox, special agent in charge, U.S. Department of Agriculture-Office of the Inspector General, in a press release.

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Store owners and employees who commit food stamp fraud face steep consequences.

Continue here.

No, I would not call a few months in jail “steep consequences.”  And, how does someone pay restitution when they have sent your tax dollars out of the country (which is often the case)?

8 thoughts on “Massive food stamp fraud bust, Florida this time…

  1. I’m wondering how the states that have had hurricane damage recently will handle all of the fraudulent claims filed by illegals for things such as FEMA and other federal disaster relief funds and local relief efforts including food stamps and welfare. Many people don’t realize it but Puerto Rico is being overwhelmed by illegals just like on the mainland, except in their case the invasion is mostly done by the wonderful Haitians.
    https://www.yahoo.com/news/haitian-illegal-immigration-puerto-rico-skyrocketing-too-021611125.html

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  2. I saw something suspicious at the grocery store last week. A man who appeared to be Indian or Pakistani bought $500 worth of Amazon gift cards, paying cash… every evening at 6:00 for 5 days in a row. No way was that legitimate.

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  3. SNAP cards are electronic debit cards. If a bank can let me know when there is suspicious activity on my account (debit or credit) and shut it down, why hasn’t someone come up with an algorithm to catch things that shouldn’t be bought and patterns that could be abusive?

    Answer: Because they don’t want to know….

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