The welfare queens of South Carolina have been busted scamming the system and are now paying the price for it.
Seven females have pleaded guilty in court for defrauding the government for over $20,000 at a store in Rock Hill, which was part of a $5 million food stamp fraud scheme.
Here is a list of the women and the amount they took from the government: Jatonica Williams, 31, $5,238 in fraud; Dequitta White, 31, $3,070; Labrecia White, 24, $2,962; Shenisa Davis, 36, $2,549; Victoria Sanders, 25, $2,234; Kimberly Johnson, 28, $2,195 in fraud; and Brooke Rogers, 27, $2,134.
To avoid jail these women took a plea deal, which will allow them no probation also if they pay back the money by the end of this year.
Johnson entered a guilty plea by herself while the other six pleaded guilty in two groups of three.
As part of the plea deal, all seven women pleaded guilty to misdemeanor fraud charges and promised to pay the money back in exchange for a 30-day suspended sentence and two years’ probation that will be dismissed if they pay the money back before the end of the year.
The store owners, on the other hand, did not get off so easily. Three of the store owners involved in the $5 million food stamp scam face five years behind bars and are expected to pay back up to $5 million.
If the store owners agree to testify against the food stamp recipients who used their benefits to receive illegal money and goods in state court, they may be eligible for reduced sentences in federal court.
South Carolina Assistant Attorney General Sam Jones told the Herald that it is a crime if food stamps are used for anything other than non-prepared food and no cash is allowed to be exchanged for food stamp purchases.
The assistant attorney general stated this particular case occurred between March 2014 – 2016. He specializes in prosecuting on food stamp fraud in the state.
He added that the store owners trafficked benefits and exchanged food stamps for cash while the food stamp recipients used their EBT cards to buy prohibited items such as hot food, beer, and cigarettes or accepted cash back.
Food stamp fraud schemes are nothing new in this country.
In May, a Baltimore man who illegally trafficked food stamps received a four-year prison sentence and was ordered to pay back $3.7 million to the U.S. government.
Hopefully the court will have a watchful eye on these thieves and actually get Americans’ tax dollars back.
With Trump’s administration in charge, hopefully more of these fraud schemes will be unearthed and stopped.
Taxpayers’ money needs to be put to better use!