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Old 11-29-2017, 09:04 AM
 
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Florida: Largest food stamp fraud bust in history, $20M, Muslim store owners arrested - Latest News

I wonder if they are legal, illegal and/or are they all born here or did they come here as refugees!

I'm glad this fraud is caught and hopefully these people will be punished to the fullest as the law allows.
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Old 11-29-2017, 09:08 AM
 
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Hopefully they are green card holders and will be deported.
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Old 11-29-2017, 09:09 AM
 
Location: My beloved Bluegrass
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The story from some other sources that do not try to make demographics a focus of the story:

12 charged with running $20 million food stamp fraud scheme | Miami Herald

US Charges 12 in Florida With $20M Food Stamp Fraud Scheme | USNews

If food stamps were more restrictive, similar to WIC, a good deal of this would be eliminated.
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Some of the defendants owned, worked at or operated stores authorized to accept Supplemental Nutritional Assistance Program payments, known as SNAP. Others worked at stores not authorized, but allegedly used the point-of-sale terminals for stores that were authorized.

The fraud happened like this, according to authorities: A store clerk swipes a person’s electronic benefits card at a point-of-sale terminal for a large amount. The person with the card is paid a lesser amount in cash. The remainder is ill-gotten profit for the store owner.
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Old 11-29-2017, 09:11 AM
 
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wish we could deport 1/2 of wall street too- but good job LEOS!
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Old 11-29-2017, 09:13 AM
 
Location: My House
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The story from some other sources that do not try to make demographics a focus of the story:

12 charged with running $20 million food stamp fraud scheme | Miami Herald

US Charges 12 in Florida With $20M Food Stamp Fraud Scheme | USNews

If food stamps were more restrictive, similar to WIC, a good deal of this would be eliminated.
Agree on the bolded. I think they don't do it because most families don't get enough in assistance to adequately feed themselves, so if they did, they'd have to up the limits and they don't want to up the limits on coverage.

It's unfortunate, because it only opens the door to fraud like this.

That said, it's fascinating how the linked article in the OP drags Puerto Rico into the story... what's this got to do with Puerto Rico?
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Old 11-29-2017, 11:26 AM
 
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Agree on the bolded. I think they don't do it because most families don't get enough in assistance to adequately feed themselves, so if they did, they'd have to up the limits and they don't want to up the limits on coverage.

It's unfortunate, because it only opens the door to fraud like this.

That said, it's fascinating how the linked article in the OP drags Puerto Rico into the story... what's this got to do with Puerto Rico?
I only posted the article that was posted on a website over here in Florida. The mentioning of Puerto Rico may have to do that many people from there are expected to move to Florida and coming with hardly a dime.

On top of that, usually the first to leave are the crooks as lots of people try to safe their belongings before making a decision to stay or leave. Crime on the Island is pretty high and we have collected a lot of stuff for Puerto Rico and the biggest worry was to get the items to the people in need without the crooks getting their hands on it. Luckily we found a great company and local people to handle all that.
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Old 11-29-2017, 11:29 AM
 
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That said, it's fascinating how the linked article in the OP drags Puerto Rico into the story... what's this got to do with Puerto Rico?
Psst... it's because the story, and Puerto Rico, have brown people in them...
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Old 11-29-2017, 11:33 AM
 
Location: Westwood, MA
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I didn’t think Florida even has 20 million! Store owners.
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Old 11-29-2017, 11:36 AM
 
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The story from some other sources that do not try to make demographics a focus of the story:

12 charged with running $20 million food stamp fraud scheme | Miami Herald

US Charges 12 in Florida With $20M Food Stamp Fraud Scheme | USNews

If food stamps were more restrictive, similar to WIC, a good deal of this would be eliminated.
Who do you think loosened the restrictions? Which party platform wants food stamps to be used for items other than food?
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Old 11-29-2017, 11:51 AM
 
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If food stamps were more restrictive, similar to WIC, a good deal of this would be eliminated.
Soda is the number one item purchased with EBT and part of the reason for that is it can easily be resold...
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