Government’s food stamp list does not include Viagra and pornography but Detroit liquor store traded the stamps for them and more. Jefferson’s Liquor Palace was running the alleged scheme for 2 1/2 years. Federal prosecutors filed fraud charges this week against three people who worked at Jefferson’s Liquor Palace and the liquor store is now closed.

Viagra and Porno for food stamps?

Authorities charge food stamp recipients also got cash as part of the scheme.

 

The alleged scheme worked this way: Food stamp recipients would get cash from the store in exchange for swiping larger amounts off their electronic cards. The store would then be reimbursed by the U.S. Agriculture Department.

And in some transactions, the government says the store provided informants Viagra, liquor and porn in exchange for swiping about $2,000 off food stamp cards.

The government says fraud at the store topped $130,000 over 2 1/2 years. The store is closed.

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The food stamp program is supposed to provide low-income families to buy food in exchange to the stamps or by using electronic card which is accepted at grocery stores for qualified items.

Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP)

   We help put healthy food on the table for over 35 million people each month.
    SNAP helps low-income people and families buy the food they need for good health. You apply for benefits by completing a State application form. Benefits are provided on an electronic card that is used like an ATM card and accepted at most grocery stores.
    Through nutrition education partners, SNAP helps clients learn to make healthy eating and active lifestyle choices.Source: www.fns.usda.gov

 

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