Worcester, MA – Woman In $3.6M Food Stamps Fraud Scheme Gets Year In Prison

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    Worcester, MA – A woman who defrauded the federal government of about $3.6 million in food stamp benefits through a scheme she ran out of her Massachusetts convenience store has been sentenced to a year in prison.

    The Telegram & Gazette (http://bit.ly/29t4Rnd ) reports Worcester (WUS’-tur) resident Vida Ofori Causey also was ordered Monday to forfeit the money she made in what prosecutors called the largest food stamp fraud case in the state.

    The 46-year-old Causey pleaded guilty in December to charges including conspiracy to commit Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program benefits fraud and money laundering.

    Prosecutors had sought a nearly four-year prison term. Causey’s lawyer asked for probation.

    Prosecutors say Causey and two employees paid customers 50 cents cash for every food-stamp dollar and then received the full value in reimbursement from the government.

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    Information from: Telegram & Gazette (Worcester, Mass.), http://www.telegram.com

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      • This is a very old and simple business transaction. Food Stamps can’t be used for certain items, such as alcohol, cigarettes, non-food purchases like clothing. People would give her $20 in Food Stamps and receive back $10 in cash that they could spend as they liked. She would then submit the $20 in Food Stamps to the government for reimbursement, netting a profit of $10.

    1. Wow! One Year??????
      Crooked Hillary and the whole gang….
      If this would have been a yid…….Besides a 20 year sentence, it would be on International media for weeks.

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