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Food Stamp Fraud

foodPaper food stamps are obsolete these days and have been replaced with the EBT (Electronic Benefit Transfer) card, but that hasn’t stopped individuals from committing food stamp fraud.

Today’s CrimeDiva Jazmine Wheaton, 32, of Juneau, Alaska was convicted and sentenced for applying for, and receiving, Food Stamp benefits to which she was not entitled. According to records, Ms. Wheaton was sentenced to 18 months incarceration with, but was given 15 months suspended leaving her to serve three months in jail. She was also placed on probation for a period of five year, ordered to pay $12,377 in restitution to be paid to the State of Alaska. As a result of the conviction, Ms. Wheaton is disqualified from participating in the Food Stamp program for a period of 24 months.

The Food stamp Program or EBT was designed for families who would otherwise struggle to buy healthy food on their own. The program, administered by states using funding and guidelines from the federal government, aims to help low-income families avoid the physical ailments and maladies that can stem from malnourishment. The program’s vision is that a healthy diet should not be out of reach for anyone in the United States. These programs are income based and how many persons are living in the household and there maybe some other factors for determination. Though this is a small money crime, it is still a crime and comes with all the punishments of a large money crime.

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