This is exactly why you can not trust government to do anything. The worst of the worst are put in charge of gigantic sums of money and without fail, the majority of the funds are stolen. When you see who was stealing from this program you will realize, we have a major problem on our hands …
Liberals continue saying that welfare fraud in not a problem.
Each person on food stamps benefits average $125.35 per person per month, costing $74.1 BILLION in 2014 for the approximate 45.6 million people receiving the benefits.
Fraud at a rate of even less than 5% equates to billions of wasted dollars.
The method most food stamp fraudsters use is filing a claim for the food stamp and then trading their food stamp cards for less than face value for cash.
Recently in Baltimore, 14 people were arrested in raids that amounted to $16 MILLION in food stamp fraud. They have now been indicted for the crime.
[Retail operators] around Baltimore have been charged in connection to a huge food stamp and wire fraud scheme.
The indictments allege the retailers received more than $16 million in federal payments for transactions in which they did not provide any food, a fraud scheme commonly known as “food stamp trafficking.”
As a result these transactions, they allegedly obtained more than $16,482,270 in EBT deposits for transactions in which food sales never occurred or were substantially inflated and split the proceeds with food stamp recipients.
Here are some of the names of the defendants:
Walayat Khan, 36, of Reisterstown
Shaheen Tasewar Hussain, 60, of Ellicott City
Mulazam Hussain, 54, of Windsor Mill
Mahmood Hussain Shah, 57, of Catonsville
Muhammad Rafiq, 58, of Reisterstown
Mohammad Shafiq, 50, of Gwynn Oak, Maryland; and his daughter,
Alia Shaheen, 24, of Baltimore
Mohammad Irfan, 59, of Nottingham
Muhammad Sarmad, 40, of Nottingham
Kassem Mohammad Hafeed, a/k/a Kassam Mohammad Hafeed, 51, of Baltimore
Did you happen to see a trend reading through the names? That’s right, 14 of them are Muslims. I’m curious to know where those millions of dollars went – did they go to terrorist groups?
The money wasn’t used for their businesses. They were living in filthiness and the restaurants involved were immediately shut down due to the gross conditions within.
The food was spoiled, the places were grungy, and drugs were also found on the premises.
I think that the government needs to do a rehaul on the benefits system, as well as come down harder on those who are committing fraud. SOURCE: American Daily Patriot