Allow me to sound like a broken record – welfare fraud is a real thing.
It’s an easy con. You find someone at a grocery or convenience store that’s willing to exchange food stamps for money, drugs, or other goods. You pick up your stamps, and make the exchange. You’re richer, and your partner is richer, and the American taxpayer is none the wiser.
It doesn’t sound like you can make a lot of money this way, but you can.
After all, how else could roughly ten people get away with $5 million in fraud?
Seven South Carolina women who received food stamps as part of a $5 million food stamp fraud scheme pleaded guilty to defrauding the government of more than $20,000 at a store in Rock Hill.
A state court judge ruled that the women who pleaded guilty Thursday will be able to avoid jail sentences and probation if they pay back the money by December 31, 2017.
The mechanics of the fraud are just as I described – a simple exchange, food stamps for something other than food. Obviously, that’s illegal – it’s why they’re called food stamps in the first place.
The store owners trafficked benefits and exchanged food stamps for cash while the food stamp recipients used their EBT cards to buy prohibited items such as hot food, beer, and cigarettes or accepted cash back.
On the one hand, this is simple capitalism – anything that can become a currency will become a currency. So it’s not like fraud with food stamps is unexpected.
On the other hand, any liberal who claims that food stamp fraud isn’t a problem has to understand one thing: forget the examples, the numbers, or the waste.
If Simple Economics predicts that people will use food stamps for currency, well…then people will use food stamps for currency. You’re arguing against the laws of economics and human nature. Good luck with that.
Luckily, the judge in these cases has a head for business. Why waste money throwing people in prison, when you can get the money back?
All seven women pleaded guilty to misdemeanor fraud charges and promised to pay the money back in exchange for a 30-day suspended sentence.
That is, of course, if they pay back the money on time.