Proving just how inept the government can be when it comes to entitlement fraud — and how easily even immigrants can learn to game the American system — one Massachusetts woman was able to single-handedly defraud the government for millions.
Vida Ofori Causey, an immigrant from Ghana, who owns a convenience store owner in the city of Worcester, pleaded guilty in federal court Monday todefrauding the food stamp program to the tune of more than $3.6 million, the Daily Caller reported.
Causey bought the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program benefits from her customers for half of their actual value from 2010 – 2014, according to authorities.
“Causey purchased the benefits at a discounted value of approximately fifty cents for every SNAP dollar,” according to a press release from the Department of Justice. “By so doing, Causey caused the USDA to electronically deposit into a bank account controlled by her the full face value of the SNAP benefits fraudulently obtained.”