Welfare fraud is quickly becoming a big problem in the USA even with liberals refusing to believe so. For example, Food Stamp cost the USA $74.1 billion 3 years ago by supplying 46.5 million Americans with monthly food assistance (roughly $125 dollars per person). A fraud rate under 5% will still cost the country billions, and the worst thing is not the fraudulent claim of benefits – it’s the recipient trading the cards for cash. Luckily, the government is hard at work trying to resolve the problem.

Last year, the USDA passed a rule that allows states to contact a SNAP recipient in cases of excess number of requests for EBT card replacements. This is a clear indication that the client is illegally exchanging the cards for cash or other items. When the system is abused like this, it robs the country of billions of dollars and burns a hole in the reserves. Just a few weeks ago, 14 people were arrested in raids that were related to a $16 million food stamp fraud.

As CBS reported, “More than a dozen retail store operators in and 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 of 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’s a list of the offenders:

Muhammad Rafiq, 58, of Reisterstown

Mohammad Shafiq, 50, of Gwynn Oak, Maryland; and his daughter,

Walayat Khan, 36, of Reisterstown

ShaheenTasewar Hussain, 60, of Ellicott City

Mulazam Hussain, 54, of Windsor Mill

Mahmood Hussain Shah, 57, of Catonsville

Muhammad Sarmad, 40, of Nottingham

Kassem Mohammad Hafeed, a/k/a Kassam Mohammad Hafeed, 51, of Baltimore

Alia Shaheen, 24, of Baltimore

Mohammad Irfan, 59, of Nottingham

10 of the 14 people arrested are Muslims, and we can’t help but wonder where did the money go. If they sent even a small portion to terrorist organizations, this can have terrible consequences.

The fact that people trade away their cards for cash reflects another problem as well – money with strings attached is worth far less than money earned with no obligation. On the black market, the food stamps go for between 50-70 cents per dollar – in this case, the government can cut out the middleman and pay 30% less in cash benefits. It’s a win-win situation – people would stop cashing out and Muslims won’t use our tax dollars to fund suspicious organizations.

Source: freedomdaily.com

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Welfare fraud is quickly becoming a big problem in the USA even with liberals refusing to believe so. For example, Food Stamp cost the USA $74.1 billion 3 years ago by supplying 46.5 million Americans with monthly food assistance (roughly $125 dollars per person). A fraud rate under 5%...