How is it possible that a Worcester woman stole $3.6 million worth of food stamps from the government in just four years?
So Masslive published an article yesterday about a Worcester woman who has a bad habit of defrauding the government through food stamps. The last time we wrote about food stamp fraud we got a lot of crap because apparently this stuff hardly ever happens, and when it does, it’s not a big deal. Well according to Masslive she stole $3.6 million over a period of four years by creating numerous bank accounts and bout benefits from other people for half price.
No big deal.
Vida Ofori Causey fessed up in U.S. District Court on Monday for conspiring to commit SNAP benefits fraud and money laundering. Ms. Causey just happens to own J&W Aseda Plaza, which apparently she wanted us to believe was one of the most successful corner stores in the history of mankind. After all, this location right here can’t be beat:
Only Main South’s finest buy their blunts there.
Basically her scam was pretty simple – she bought other people’s food stamps for half price off of other assholes, and then exchanged them with the U.S Department of Agriculture for real money. Ya see, some people who get food stamps don’t really need them. Or maybe they get them and they decide they’d rather have drugs or a new TV and they’ll figure out food later on. So they go to the village gypsy and she gives them $50 for $100 worth of food stamps. The deadbeat gets high, and the gypsy trades the $100 worth of food stamps in to the federal government for $100 cash, and makes a $50 profit off of it.
But please, tell me more about how the system isn’t being readily abused. She got caught because she went too far. That’s it. But this shit happens every single day all across Massachusetts and no one’s doing anything about it unless you cross the $3 million threshold mark.
This isn’t to say that Turtleboy wants to make people starve, as several nudniks suggested in our last blog. Basically this penguin sums up a lot of the comments we saw:
Yea, we don’t want people starving either Mr. Penguin. But here’s an idea – how bout we help people AND try to prevent fraud?? Fucked up right?? Who knows, it just might work.
We simply wanna make sure that people who need the help are getting it and more importantly, using it as a means to get off of assistance down the road. We also wouldn’t mind some types of rules and regulations so that the government isn’t just cutting checks to some Main South gypsy for absolutely no reason. Because that seems like a pretty simple thing to just stop doing.
The people that were trading in their food stamps for cash obviously don’t need the food stamps. How bout we figure out who needs it and who doesn’t? Nah, let’s just keep tossing money at anyone who fills out an application. That sounds like a way better idea.