Skip to comments.9 charged in $3M dollar food stamp fraud case
Posted on 09/09/2013 10:04:18 AM PDT by kevcol
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) Food stamp fraud is a significant problem in Rhode Island.
That was the message U.S. Attorney Peter Neronha sent Thursday when he announced that nine people are facing criminal charges for allegedly defrauding the federally funded Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program out of more than $3 million.
During a two-year undercover investigation, Neronha said eight Rhode Island residents and one New York man were found to be illegally allowing food stamp recipients to use their EBT cards to obtain cash in exchange for a large surcharge at five Providence convenience stores.
Six people were charged by way of indictment, including Mustafa Al Kabouni, 52, Cranston; Mohamad Barbour, 53, North Providence; Mohamad Amir Al Kabouni, 43; Mohamad Eid Al Kabouni, 22, Cranston; Amir Rasheed, 33, Flushing, NY; and Karuna Mehta, 43, North Smithfield.
(Excerpt) Read more at wpri.com ...
“As of July, there were 101,070 households in Rhode Island receiving SNAP benefits,..... And according to the US Census Bureau, there are 410,475 total households in Rhode island.”
The Obama Economy is going GREAT!!!
(And if you dare to think it isn’t, YOU ARE A RACIST!!)
And the other "56" 0bama states too.
So why didn’t they charge the EBT recipients who were illegally using their cards to get cash?
Bread and water for 10 years would be a good sentence (along with restitution of course).
I’d be willing to provide them with a bacon fat spread on Sundays.
"Mustafa Al Kabouni, 52, Cranston; Mohamad Barbour, 53, North Providence; Mohamad Amir Al Kabouni, 43; Mohamad Eid Al Kabouni, 22, Cranston; Amir Rasheed, 33, Flushing, NY; and Karuna Mehta, 43, North Smithfield."
Either the Food Stamp bureaucracy in RI has risk analysis controls so astonishing that top Wall Street firms should be consulting with them....
Or, they need to stop playing penny-ante and look for some bigger fish higher up on the food chain.
Looks like they are Somali and Pakistan muzzies, not Afro-posers.
That’s what I would have figured, or somewhere from the Middle East.
Follow the money .. it has to be going somewhere !
Even if they are laundering the money for someone else .
Right ! Afro-posers getelection ballots
and the "Just-US" Dept. won't prosecute the " US " !
Selective Prosecution , selective persuction , selective enforcement .
Our Government has become to big to police itself and needs to be taken down to size
and put into their place. Nobody has the BALLS to do this who currently serve. Maybe a couple.
The rag heads will destroy us using our own government to collapse the economy.
That is the head muslim’s plan (well not really his, he stole it from Cloward & Piven).
Using the C&P strategy, they can destroy us without firing a shot or beheading anyone. That will come after they take over.
My mom worked at DHS for a number of years. She's more conservative than I am, so it's worth noting that they gave her a caseload of some of the tougher cases.
At any one time, she was carrying 400-600. She used to figure that 75% of them were gaming the system to one degree or another. Problem was that management WANTED clients (more clients = more 'helping' (read: power) = more money). So, there wasn't any interest in stopping the fraud.
Though, she did take real pleasure in catching her clients "double dipping" - collecting benefits AND working. Happened a couple of times a month. It was a no-no even the top brass disapproved of. She said that the double-dipping clients were always so amazed to see her, like she'd never show up at a local retailer, or a grocery store, or a restaurant, etc etc etc. I guess in their little world, she always sat in her office, behind her desk.
She tells the story of one young, naive, smart auditor who used check up on clients by looking in the parking lot for those who were driving Cadillacs, BMWs, Mercedes, etc. He was quickly gotten rid of.
Your tax $$$$ at work.
I do some work with an audit firm.
One of the salesweasels told me a story about a company that was taking the government off for millions of dollars. The only reason they were caught was that they got greedy - instead of billing $9,000 for a worthless service, they started billing $996,000, trying to make the big score.
If they had stayed at that 9K per fraud, with a handful of attempts per week, they'd have slipped through the controls, collected millions, and no one would have been the wiser.
How often does this happen, I wonder?
What is in it for the State to aggressively crack down on all fraud? Of course they need to give the people a show trial every now and then, but they don’t really concern themselves with fraud. After all, the more they pay out, the more they can expand their own little departmental fiefdoms. The result is that we pay mour out in EBT money and they get raises for managing more food stamp benefit coordinators.
That’s a win/win to the state union drones....
It has been known for years that the economies of the Dem-Run inner-cities are driven almost entirely by handout money.
But, if you note that inconvenient truth, you could be a rassiss!!
Hell, at first I thought they were Baptists. But you are correct!
I personally have seen people sort through a selection of 5 or 6 EBT cards to make sure they picked the right one to match their ID to but at least $1000.00 worth of goods using 4 different cards at Wal Mart at 12:05 AM the day funds transferred
Outside I noticed they were driving a bright new and shiny 2011 Ford Excursion full size SUV 4X4 totally optioned out with leather interior and expensive high end mag wheels and tires - wearing Sonora, Mexico license plates.
I'd call that the Super Bowl of gaming the system, or at least the Final Four
Explains why there are still “hungry children” in America. A starvation Michelle-Meal for breakfast and lunch, then no snack or dinner because mommy sold the food stamps. No matter what you do, those kids will still be hungry and will grow up mad at “society” for it and gunning for revenge.
Real money is still up the chain of command, though. As I posted earlier, I do some work for an auditing firm. They rarely do any work with the government. Why? With billion dollar budgets at the state level, and trillion dollar budgets at the federal level, certainly there's money there to be found, I thought.
Well, one of the auditors explained it to me. Lets say that an auditor finds a claim (be it a duplicate payment, over payment, or what have you). In order to collect, some head hoo-ha at the government agency being worked with needs to give the audit firm the "OK" to go and get the money. The audit firm collects the money, takes a skim (er, 'commission') and returns the balance to the agency.
For the first 6 months or so in the fiscal year, approvals are easy to get. For the rest of the time, not so much. Because, if the money is collected, then the head hoo-ha must spend the money before the end of the year, or it's trimmed from their budget. Ergo, they don't want to find any extra money that they can't get rid of, and if they have any extra, they just spend it anyway. It's an absolutely illogical and self-defeating position of punishing success and rewarding failure.
With no continuous stream of approvals to collect on (and thus no revenue), many good audit firms are loathe to work gov't contracts. So, we have an uneviable status quo of people screwing up and/or ripping the government off, the people in charge don't care and/or won't do anything, and there's little to no outside supervison of the entire process. Have a thought for that, the next time you read a newspaper article about the pity of it all, government agency so-and-so is losing funding and will need to reduce the amount of blah, blah, blah....
So....$1000 of goods fraudulently obtained, while abhorrent, is peanuts. Especially when you think about the number of government-run schools, and local, county, state, and federal government agencies that there are, all operating under this premise that I've just outlined. :-)
/rant over. I'll step off my soapbox.
Put them on their camels and send them home
This would never have seen the light of day if the store owners would have been paying-off the Democrat party like they were supposed to.
Damn Methodists!....If you are at all familiar with terrorist funding, our government, in many different avenues, funds all activity between the Muzzies, us and Isreal. We are writing our own gravestones (but it will be an anonymous ditch with mass burials).
Because of "disparate impact", as Holder calls it, where certain ethnics are dispoportionately affected when the law is enforced.....
They are only stealing the money Americans won’t steal
16 million. And that's just what they bothered to find.