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Food Stamp Abuse

Posted in uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , on October 2, 2013 by andelino

After Obama’s election in 2009 a small grocery store/convenience store in Florida changed its name to the Obama Express.

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Several other stores “across” the country did the same thing.

On September 17, WBAL reported that nine retailers in Baltimore County had been arrested for “illegally redeeming food stamps” for cash and “kicking back” a portion to food stamp recipients.

These retailers did not sell them any “merchandise or food.”

One of those retailer is the “Obama Express and D&M Deli and Grocery” at 901 Harlem Avenue, Suite A & B in Baltimore, MD who currently is under investigation accused of “illegally trafficking” in food stamps.

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According to the indictment, Abdullah Aljaradi age 51, allegedly obtained $2 million in “Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program” (SNAP) cash from October 2010 through July 2013 through “Electronic Benefit Transfer” (EBT) cards for food sales that never occurred.

The office of the US Attorney, District of Maryland, listed further information on the charges:

“The indictments allege that the defendants exchanged EBT benefits for cash, in violation of the food stamp program rules. The indictments allege that the defendants typically paid half the value of the EBT benefits in cash. To avoid detection, the defendants often debited the funds from the card in multiple transactions over a period of hours or days.”

As a result of “unlawful” cash transactions, the defendants “obtained” more than $6,898,000 in EBT deposits for transactions in which the stores “did not” provide food.

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Even more “blatantly”, the word on the street is people buying more than just “Food with Food Stamps.”

There are some “scrupulous” stores in the county that will let people use their EBT cards (or SNAP) to buy “booze, smokes, sex, drugs and cash.”

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Escorts, druggies, tattoo parlors and other fraudulent “scammers” who conduct “business by phone” are probably aware of the latest “technological” advances that make their business easier.

Mobile e-card readers like the PayAnywhere PAR-1 Mobile Card Reader make this sort of fraud much easier and the device itself can be purchased on Amazon for under $10.

Last year there was an article out of New England where people were caught selling the actual cards for cash.

And, of course, if you “sell or lose” your card in many states the taxpayers “foot the bill” for a new one so there’s no “incentive” to keep hold of them.

Anyone thinking drug testing “welfare” recipients might make a “dent” in this? Nah that’s just “crazy” talk.

Booze, smokes and hookers are not “approved” items to buy with Food Stamps.

Even JP Morgan who handles the processing are known for tolerating fraud and defrauding the government.

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There is a biblical adage that deals with the concept of “self-reliance” which goes something like this: “If you give a man a fish, you feed him for a single day; if you teach him to fish, you feed him for a lifetime.”

Unfortunately, the American “welfare system” isn’t based on this concept.

In fact, it has been so “politicized” over the years by “self-centered” men and women whose “only aim in life” is to use it and other federal “entitlements” that the one thing it “doesn’t” do is encourage recipients to better themselves.

As “bad” as that is, and as “damaging” as it is to an entire “segment” of society, what is “worse” is that the manner in which welfare programs are “set up” makes them “ripe” for abuse…and as such, they “are” abused, just like the taxpayers who fund them.

The “welfare” abuse is working “so well” there’s even a video about it.

America: The Food Stamp Nation

Obama Vows Veto of House Food Stamp Bill

“It’s free food – it’s awesome!”

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