The decision “effectively gives businesses relying on taxpayer dollars the ability to decide for themselves what data the public will see about how that money is spent.”
(Maribel Wadsworth, President USA Today Network)
In a case that has been working its way through the court system for at least eight years, a majority ruling by the Court decided in favor of businesses and the government and thus says the government does not have to release to the public any information that would shine a light on possible food stamp fraud by the thousands of small stores that participate in the massive federally-funded SNAP program.
I can’t believe that I am on the same side as Ruth Bader Ginsburg and the mainstream media in a case involving the Freedom of Information Act. The Supremes led by Justice Gorsuch ruled that we, who pay for the food stamp program, have no right to know how much of our money is going to businesses that participate.
(See my posts here and at RRWabout egregious food stamp fraud cases). The Trump Administration argued for the right of businesses to keep their government funding secret.
I’m not a lawyer, but wonder if the ruling would apply to the refugee contractors and those big companies caring for ‘asylum seekers’ or any other business that lives off of taxpayer dollars! Will they now have a high court decision that would prohibit us from learning about their pipeline to the federal treasury? Continue reading “Supreme Court Rules Against South Dakota Newspaper Looking for Food Stamp Fraud Data”→
Editor: Before I get to the story, I want to give a shout-out to Judicial Watchand the incredible work it does to expose corruption and crime throughout government!
Although focusing on the southern border is vital, perhaps as critical is the need to get control over our system that grants visas like Pez candy and then doesn’t follow-up and throw people out who have overstayed a visa.
We recently reported on the Portuguese creep who had overstayed a visa and was arrested for killing his girlfriend in Connecticut.
Would she still be alive if he had been removed a year earlier? Most definitely!
But that is one murder case, Judicial Watch raises the Islamic terror connection to visa overstays. Continue reading “Judicial Watch: Visa Overstays a Huge Security Concern as Millions here Illegally”→
Thanks to reader Diana for spottingthis newsat Judicial Watch which uses the shockingly awful Ohio food stamp fraud bust I reported, herein late January, to say that the feds are taking way too long and the penalties aren’t stiff enough to deter this massive fraud.
They cite the case of the Ohio father and son who ripped off US taxpayers for nearly $3 million and also polluted a local waterway with “bodily fluids” from an illegal halal slaughter business—a story that everyone should continue to send out on social media (use the JWpost this time!).
Food Stamp Fraud on the Rise as Government Allows “Retailer Trafficking”
Weeks after a federal audit blasted the government for failing to curb rampant fraud in its multi-billion-dollar food stamp program, two Ohio men have been indicted for operating a $2.7 million scheme that spanned six years. One of the men, 59-year-old Amin Salem, is a convicted felon with a history of food stamp fraud yet the feds took six years to bust him and he remained a qualified food stamp retailer. The other man, Mohamed Salem, is his 32-year-old son and federal prosecutors say they operated a highly lucrative food stamp trafficking ring in the Cleveland area with the help of a buddy named Zahran al-Qadan.
Though this operation sticks out among others, Food stamp fraud has been pervasive for years and the alarming numbers have been well documented by the government. The USDA’s most recent figures show about $1.1 billion in food stamp fraud a year.Nearly 12% of retailers authorized by the government to accept food stamps engage in illegal practices, according to the agency. Judicial Watch has reported extensively on the rampant fraud in the program that costs American taxpayers a bewildering $64 billion annually to provide more than 20 million households with free food. Less than a year ago, nearly 200 people were arrested in Florida for operating a sophisticated ring in which 22,000 fraudulent food stamp transactions totaling $3.7 million were documented by a task force of local and federal authorities. In 2016 the feds busted the largest food stamp fraud operation in history, a $13 million enterprise run by flea market retailers in the largely black and Hispanic areas of south Florida’s Miami-Dade County known as Opa-Locka and Hialeah.
A USDA division called Food and Nutrition Services (FNS) is responsible for rooting out the type of fraud and corruption that continue plaguing the food stamp program. “As of November 2018, FNS had not implemented this authority,” according to congressional investigators. “By failing to take timely action to strengthen penalties, FNS has not taken full advantage of an important tool for deterring trafficking.”
Go toJW here for the whole story and to follow links for more information.
Do you have a suspicious convenience store or small gas nation near you that accepts food stamps? Keep an eye on their activities. Some signs of a possible on-going fraud include large numbers of people going in and out every day with few purchases (if any!) when they come out. Also look for poorly, or nearly bare shelves as a sign that selling groceries is not a priority.
See this earlier post that includes information about the GAO study.
If you thought Judicial Watch was only doing Freedom of Information Act requests to get the federal government’s deepest secrets divulged, you would be wrong.
Last week the Washington, DC based conservative legal watchdog announced it had won a federal lawsuit that now forces Los Angeles County to clean up its voter rolls.
From Judicial Watch(hat tip: Chris):
Judicial Watch announced on January 3 that it signed a settlement agreement with the State of California and County of Los Angeles under which they will begin the process of removing from their voter registration rolls as many as 1.5 million inactive registered names that may be invalid. These removals are required by the National Voter Registration Act (NVRA).
The NVRA is a federal law requiring the removal of inactive registrations from the voter rolls after two general federal elections (encompassing from 2 to 4 years). Inactive voter registrations belong, for the most part, to voters who have moved to another county or state or have passed away.
Los Angeles County has over 10 million residents, more than the populations of 41 of the 50 United States. California is America’s largest state, with almost 40 million residents.
In its lawsuit, Judicial Watch alleged:
~Los Angeles County has more voter registrations on its voter rolls than it has citizens who are old enough to register. Specifically, according to data provided to and published by the U.S. Election Assistance Commission, Los Angeles County has a registration rate of 112 percent of its adult citizen population.
~The entire State of California has a registration rate of about 101 percent of its age-eligible citizenry.
~Eleven of California’s 58 counties have registration rates exceeding 100 percent of the age-eligible citizenry.
Hereis a 20 minute video in which Senior Attorney & Director of JW’s Election Integrity Project Robert Popper explains how they won.