You see it all the time. The majority in this society look down on food stamp recipients and usually reserve their ire for Black people using terms such as “welfare queen.” This view is flawed, because, while there are many Blacks relying on the government for food stamps, there are far more Whites receiving government benefits. Maybe the critiques throwing insults at Black folks who use their food stamps honestly should take a look at a story coming out of New York where 30 people have been knocked for food stamp fraud.
The 30 arrested for defrauding the government of food stamps come from Brushton, NY. The arrests have taken place from January to February and the investigation is ongoing. For a year, investigators have been watching the Old Time Butcher Block Store, owned by Dennis Sauve from North Bangor, who was also arrested. According to reports, the accused used their EBT Cards to buy booze and other items that aren’t purchasable with food stamps (food stamp recipients can only buy cold foods with their cards). SOme even received cash back.
Police charged the group with second degree criminal use of a public benefit card, petit larceny, and misuse of food stamps. Most were released with an appearance ticket, but one was held for parole violations. Suave caught more charges for his role in the misuse of the food stamps. He was slapped with a third-degree grand larceny charge as well as misuse of food stamps. This is his second time being charged for food stamp fraud.
According to Iquisitr:
In New York, third degree grand larceny, according to New York penal law (§ 155.35), via FindLaw, is applied if a person steals property or money worth more than $3,000. A class “D” felony, a third degree grand larceny conviction means from two and one third to 7 years in prison, even for first time offenders.
This type of fraud, called trafficking according to the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, happens by exchanging food stamps for cash. Trafficking food stamps happens at an extreme “street exchange rate,” which can range anywhere from $.25 to $.50 per dollar, according to WSPA. This means that for every $1 in EBT benefits sold, the recipient gets $.50 to $.75 in cash.