We’ve seen this play out so many times over the years. Why is this game still being played? The federal and state governments really need to crack down or change the system when it comes to food stamps. Millions are stolen and then the guilty are only given a slap on the wrist. The government just makes it too easy for these criminals!
We’re the laughing stock of the world when it comes to gaming the system. America has become a global magnet for fraudsters who want to steal taxpayer dollars. In the case below, it’s four key businesses (see photos below) that made about $1 million dollars each!
The key similarities with the four businesses (see below) is they are all mobile businesses that sold produce, seafood and other items from a truck. Photos are below:
News 4 Jax reports:
Jacksonville, Florida Sheriff Mike Williams announced the results of an undercover investigation into the exchange of Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits for cash and, in at least one case, cocaine.
From 2012 to 2017, Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office detectives documented over 22,000 fraudulent transactions involving $3.7 million in taxpayer money.
Investigators said those with SNAP/EBT (Electronic Benefits Transfer) cards would give their PIN number to the buyer, and that money would then be deposited into their accounts.
Williams said, in most cases, the food-stamp recipient received 50 cents per $1 of SNAP benefit used. Each transaction was recorded.
The operation originally focused on operators of brick-and-mortar stores, but investigators learned that many of the perpetrators became mobile business — such as meat, seafood and produce vendors — so they could apply to the U.S Department of Agriculture to accept SNAP benefits. Williams said they sold very little merchandise, as most of their volume was exchanging SNAP benefits for cash.
Williams singled out four businesses he said were the biggest offenders found during the fraud investigation:
These two made just over one million!
These folks made $572,282 in fraudulent SNAP payments!
These fraudsters made $1.2 million!
Fraud dollars: $1.1 million!