New York - Feds Raid NYC Stores In (WIC) Food Stamps Fraud; Dozens To Be Arrested
New York - Authorities are raiding more than a dozen stores in Brooklyn, Queens and Manhattan in connection with a food stamp fraud investigation, according to 1010 WINS.
It’s all part of a joint investigation between Homeland Security, the New York State Attorney General’s Office and the New York State Department of Health.
The alleged fraud involves the WIC (Women, Infant and Children) food stamp program.
Food Stamps recipients would go to certain stores and trade the stamps for money, sources said. They received 80 cents on a dollar, with the store pocketing the rest, D’Auria reported.
The stores were collecting on average 20,000 food stamp coupons a month, sources said. Most stores collect about 200 coupons a month.
Law enforcement sources said more than two dozen people are expected to be arrested in connection with the investigation on Wednesday.
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