But the government can defraud it's citizens. That's ok. See Social Security as one example. I have many more but that could take hours.
Look no farther than the tax code and the IRS. The whole damn system is corrupt and unfixable.
>He intentionally defrauded the federal government,”
Defrauded? The system was setup as such and he did everything by the book. How exactly is THAT ‘defrauding’??
2nd, suppose they change it to ‘assets’ vs. ‘income’. Why do I doubt they’d NEVER count # cars (Bluebook value??), the O’phones, # of gaming consoles, let alone the $$$ received by all of the possible taxpayer theft (aka ‘welfare’), when tallying-up. Plus, how often would they audit/update the same? Yearly.
Our ‘poor’ don’t fit the definition, but us tax-paying, Rights trampled, economic slaves sure DO.