14 Busted For $16 Million WELFARE Fraud: Guess Who?

14 Busted For $16 Million WELFARE Fraud: Guess Who?–46.igh.,b26.61

Over a dozen retail store operators in and around Baltimore have been busted in a huge welfare and wire fraud scheme – over $16 million dollars scraped out of the welfare state’s taxpayer’s pockets. It was an elaborate “food stamp trafficking” operation and probably involved a lot of white, Christian, white collar, conservative, fat cats..

Or not.. Because while the mainstream media will not tell you WHO is involved, here’s just a few – actually most – of their identities. But I ask you –

What’s in a name?

Walayat Khan, 36, of Reisterstown
Shaheen Tasewar Hussain, 60, of Ellicott City
Mulazam Hussain, 54, of Windsor Mill
Mahmood Hussain Shah, 57, of Catonsville
Muhammad Rafiq, 58, of Reisterstown
Mohammad Shafiq, 50, of Gwynn Oak, Maryland; and his daughter,
Alia Shaheen, 24, of Baltimore
Mohammad Irfan, 59, of Nottingham
Muhammad Sarmad, 40, of Nottingham
Kassem Mohammad Hafeed, a/k/a Kassam Mohammad Hafeed, 51, of Baltimore

In all fairness, here’s the other names:

Kelym Novas Perez, 34, of Baltimore
Jose Remedio Gonzalez Reyes, 50, of Baltimore
Rizwan Pervez, 38, of Essex
and… Barbara Ann Duke, 50, of Owings Mills (no doubt the ringleader)

The indictments allege that the defendants illegally exchanged EBT benefits for cash, instead. To avoid detection, they debited the funds from the card in multiple transactions over a period of hours or days, or called a different store where the transaction was processed manually, the Department of Justice says.

As a result 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. The defendants face a maximum sentence of 20 years in prison for each count of wire fraud; a maximum of five years in prison for conspiracy to commit food stamp fraud and wire fraud; and a maximum of five years in prison for food stamp fraud.

I reckon one of my questions to you might be: Is the “SNAP” (food stamp) program funding terrorism?

But believe it or not, there are bigger questions here: Why are food stamp recipients selling their food stamps for cash? On the black market, food stamp benefits go for around 50-70 cents on the dollar. So why sell for cash when you can get a full dollar’s worth of food?

Duh. Because there are millions on the food stamp program who don’t need food, obviously. Or would rather have the cash for something other than food. Maybe this has something to do with it – from The Washington Times: Enrollment in the food stamp program — officially the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program — has soared by 70 percent in the years since President Obama first took office.

The government said the recession ended in 2009, The Wall Street Journal reports, but enrollment in the food stamp program didn’t wane, as would be expected in an improving economy. Since 2008, it’s been on a steady rise, and economists predict that food stamp enrollment will continue to rise.

Because since Obama removed the “work” requirement from “workfare” passed by Republicans and signed by Bill Clinton in the 90’s – it’s a whole lot easier to get food stamps, sell them and defraud you and I. Not only that, they’re depriving truly needy people of the money designed to put food on their tables.

Food Stamp benefits costed $74.1 billion in 2014 and supplied roughly 46.5 million Americans with benefits, which comes out to an average of $125.35 for each person per month in food assistance. Even a fraud rate of under 5% amounts to billions in wasted funds. But… The biggest problem in food stamps isn’t people fraudulently claiming benefits, it’s recipients trading in their cards for a fraction of their face value for cash.

source-baron, michael loftus

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