For one reason or the next, some people make the mistake of committing fraud. From wire fraud to mail fraud to tax fraud, there are many types of situations that people can get themselves into. Recently, a 32-year-old man who worked as a grocer at the Mount Oliver Dollar Grocery Center pleaded guilty to food stamp fraud and wire fraud.
In August 2011, the grocer received approval from the U.S. Department of Agriculture to accept food stamp cards. After one month, it is believed that he began to trade benefits for cash while still billing the government in a manner that made them believe they were spent on food.
According to the charges, the total fraud reached $40,000. While this man's story has made its way into the news, he is just one of many who were targeted to deter food stamp fraud.
The man now has plenty of time to think about his actions, as sentencing is not scheduled until Aug. 11 before a U.S. District judge.
People commit fraud for a variety of reasons. Some do not know what they are doing, while others are desperate for money and make the mistake of attempting to beat the system.
In this case, a grocer had the ability to commit food stamp fraud thanks to his position at a local Pittsburgh grocery store. As a result, he made a poor decision but has since owned up to it by pleading guilty. Even though this type of fraud is against the law, the man took the initiative to plead guilty and show that he is aware of his actions.
Source: Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, "Mount Oliver grocer pleads guilty to food stamp fraud" Rich Lord, Apr. 16, 2014