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Monday, April 23, 2012

Massachusetts welfare fraud: Mini-mart owner skimmed $30k per month

Welfare costs taxpayers $1 trillion a year at the federal and state level. Welfare fraud is massive and food stamp fraud alone is estimated at $2.5 billion a year, here.

Pat Lu, 48, pleaded not guilty to conspiracy and fraud after police raided his Quincy, Mass. mini-mart and said he was personally skimming $30,000 per month from the federal government’s food-stamp debit card system. Bail was set at $100,000....Police said customers would come into Lu’s store with debit cards they had received as part of the federal government’s Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program. Lu would swipe the card, ring up a phony sale for the value of the card, give the customer 50 cents on the dollar in cash, and pocket the rest. Boston Police Commissioner Ed Davis said there were 31 arrests in Boston on Thursday, though police refused to disclose the locations.
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