New Jersey Couple Ripped-off US Taxpayers for $4.5 Million in Food Stamp Fraud Scheme

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I am forced to use a photo of the busted business when no images of the alleged scammers can be found! And, of course, no nationality or immigration status mentioned!

Here is the kicker in this case: ‘new American’ store owner Ibrahim Zughbi had been previously convicted of food stamp fraud and was not allowed to own and operate a store that accepted food stamps, but he worked his way around that prohibition!
See how….
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New Scam: New Jersey Man Pleads Guilty to $220,000 Social Security Disability Fraud

Social security fraudWell, it is new to me anyway.  The ‘new American’ scammers must take training courses in how to rip-off US taxpayers!
By the way, I laugh whenever I see headlines like that one because I immediately think of Ann Coulter and her book ‘Adios America’ in which she mentions that descriptive phrases like “New Jersey man” are meant to distract from the immigration status of criminals like Fernando Solaris (1973), aka Fred Raul Solaris(1984), aka Fernando Solares(1989).
This is from the Inspector General’s Office of the Social Security Administration outlining how Solaris scammed us by using three social security numbers. At least they caught the cheat, but what took them so long?

An Essex County, New Jersey, man today [Monday, February 25] admitted defrauding the Social Security Administration (SSA) of more than $200,000, U.S. Attorney Craig Carpenito announced.
Fernando Solaris, 63, pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge Jose L. Linares in Newark federal court to a superseding information charging him with Social Security disability fraud and theft of government property.

As usual!

According to documents filed in this case and statements made in court:
After immigrating to the United States in 1970, Solaris applied for, and received, three Social Security numbers (SSNs). He did so by slightly altering the personal information he provided on the application for each new SSN. In March 2002, using one of his SSNs, Solaris began receiving Supplemental Social Security Income and Disability benefits by claiming that he had constant pain in his back and left leg, which precluded him from working. He did not disclose to authorities that he had two additional Social Security numbers.

Okay, so why aren’t we being told where he immigrated from? 

Really annoys me when they do that, so I went searching and found the information in the US Justice Department‘s case file.
What! Are we protecting the sensibilities of all people from Uruguay?

Starting in or around 1973, after having immigrated to the United
States from Uruguay

The OIG news item continues…

From 2002 through 2012, Solaris used two other Social Security cards to sporadically maintain employment in New Jersey while continuing to receive supplemental income and disability benefits. Solaris defrauded the SSA of $221,364 in Disability Insurance Benefits (DIB).
The count of Social Security fraud is punishable by a maximum of five years in prison, the count of theft of government property is punishable by a maximum of 10 years in prison; each count is punishable by a fine of $250,000, or twice the gross amount of any pecuniary gain by the defendant or loss to any victims, whichever is greatest. Sentencing is scheduled for June 4, 2019.

I’ll try to remember to check on his ultimate punishment when sentenced in June (if he doesn’t skip the country!). I bet it will be no where near ten years!
And, why isn’t deportation an option—save us a lot of money!  Does anyone really think this guy has our money still laying around to pay us back?
If you are interested in more juicy bits about Solaris scam, including a recitation of how he changed his name each time he applied for a Social Security card, go here.
And, of course this begs the question:
How on earth did he prove to Social Security that he was the person in each of his aliases?
Is it that easy to get another number?  Wouldn’t he have to show some sort of documentation of his supposedly legal immigration status in the first place?

The facts on Immigrant Crime Published in NJ Newspaper

And, not only that!  The Trentonian, via an opinion piece by David Neese, reminds its readers in blue New Jersey about statements from politicians past that should have earned them (at least) a wrist slap from the Southern Poverty Law Center.

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So where was the Southern Poverty Law Center when we needed them?

You have heard the comments repeatedly lately, but I will bet a buck most Dems outside of the DC beltway have no idea both Barack Obama and Bernie Sanders were so vocal in their demands for border security!
Maybe I’m too hard on the mainstream media! Sometimes they come through with the truth!
The Trentonian:

Provocation: Documented facts about ‘undocumented’

Using at least two words that are now verboten in proper Washington circles, writer Neese begins with a little provocation about the hypocrisy that is driving us nuts these days! (Emphasis is mine)

Surely it was a white supremacist — or at a minimum a xenophobic bigot — who brazenly uttered these words: “We simply can’t allow people to pour into the United States undetected, unchecked, circumventing the people who are waiting patiently, diligently, lawfully to become immigrants in the country.”
But, lo and behold, these were not the words of some slope-browed yahoo driving around in a pickup with a confederate decal on the rear window right by the gun rack.
These were the words of none other than Barack Obama, spoken in 2005.
Okay, but surely the following words, spoken in 2007, were the sentiments of a Klan rabble-rouser:
“I don’t know why we need millions of people to be coming into the country who will work for lower wages than America works and drive down wages even lower than they are now.”
Nope, not Klan words. Those were the words of Bernie Sanders, socialist tribune for the toiling proletariat.

Then he gets to the numbers that no one should ignore:

The Government Accountability Office (GAO) puts out a report called “Criminal Alien Statistics.” The 2018 edition notes 208,800 criminal aliens in state and federal prisons, doing time for an assortment of felonies at a taxpayer cost of $1.4 billion annually.
That seems like a lot of offenders behind bars if immigrant crime is merely, as frequently asserted, a “dog-whistle” term the Know Nothings employ to incite resentment of brown people.
Looking at a sample of 197,000 criminal aliens, the GAO reports an average 10 criminal offenses per alien among this group. Ten!
For the period roughly 2011-2016, the GAO reports the following number of offenses by illegal aliens:

— Drugs: 761,200 state, 336,600 federal.

— Assaults: 397,000 state, 108,400 federal.

— Weapons: 124,709 state, 44,500 federal.

— Sex offenses: 120,300 state, 13,600 federal.

— Robberies: 54,700 state, 13,500 federal.

— Homicides: 50,300 state, 6,000 federal.

— Kidnappings: 18,600 state, 5,000 federal.

Go here to read it all.
Thank you Mr. Neese and The Trentonian.  (If you are wondering, I don’t know David Neese.)
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