Comments by HonestGovernment

The selfie way of life

OK. Thanks.
— September 17, 2014 3:53 p.m.

Welfare cheaters

AlexC and SJT - I have no problem with the Affordable Care Act or WIC/SNAP programs, or with people needing help. I do have a problem with dishonesty on any level. clockerbob -This article refers to three separate things (I think): 1. A new program allowing use of food-aid benefits to purchase prepared food. 2. An audit of HHS centers that dispense the EBT cards to food-aid-eligible persons. 3. A federal indictment of grocery and other store owners who had conspired to become qualified by USDA to accept EBT cards, for the purpose of fraudulently exchanging cash, instead of food, for the EBT cards. The needy persons got cash instead of food, but less cash than the face value of the EBT cards. From an [Augusta Chronicle story][1]: > Once the purported stores were opened > and approved as WIC and Food Stamp > vendors, many of the defendants > allegedly canvassed low-income > neighborhoods and solicited WIC and > Food Stamp participants to illegally > exchange their benefits not for food, > but for cash, the government said. > > The defendants then allegedly bought > WIC and Food Stamp benefits for cash > at a fraction of the amount they > received from the USDA by redeeming > the benefits they had purchased. The > defendants also allegedly conspired to > launder more than $18 million in > proceeds received from their fraud > upon the WIC and Food Stamp programs. > > Karen Citzen-Wilcox, the special agent > in charge of the U.S. Department of > Agriculture Office of Inspector > General, said the investigation and > prosecution “should send a strong > zero-tolerance message to those > individuals who create businesses for > the purpose of specifically defrauding > the taxpayer” benefit programs. EBT cards issued by HHS are like ATM debit cards: each card has a total value representing the monthly amount that a food-aid-eligible person is entitled to receive. Each time that person visits a participating store, the value of the food they buy is debited electronically on the card. [1]: http://chronicle.augusta.com/news/metro/2014-06...
— August 28, 2014 1:21 p.m.

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