Welfare fraud has become endemic in the United States over the past few decades. Just as it seemed that we were making some progress against the deluge of entitlement swindles, it’s become even worse under the Obama administration.
Between the Earned Income Tax Credit being extended to illegal immigrants and a millionaire collecting welfare, there’s no shortage of examples of cheats defrauding the system. Now comes word that a Muslim-run food stamp ring has been broken up in the state with the largest Muslim population.
That state is Michigan, which has seen plenty of press for issues involving Muslims of late. Three brothers who ran the Middle Eastern Market in Grand Rapids pled guilty to a food stamp scam in exchange for prosecutors not seeking charges against two more brothers. (H/T Breitbart.)
The scam netted $736,000 from EBT and $544,000 in WIC.
That puts the amount stolen from taxpayers by the three brothers – Emad Khalil Karaein, Jawad Khalil-Ahmad Karaein, and Khader Khalil Karaein – at over $1,200,000.
EBT and WIC can, of course, only be used on certain items. The scam worked by providing food stamp recipients with a reduced amount of cash for their food stamps.
The brothers would then use the cards at full value to buy eligible products. The scam allegedly ran for nine years, which shows just what a bang-up job we’re doing at stopping entitlement fraud.
Our food stamp rolls have ballooned from 31.9 million in 2009 to 46.4 million, so maybe it’s a bit difficult for the bureaucracy to keep track.
There was likely no shortage of people willing to sell, either. A recent YouTube video called “How many wives can a Muslim have on Welfare in Michigan?” asked that very question. (Spoiler alert: it’s quite a few more than one.)
And Michigan became the first state to start offering welfare assistance and forms in Arabic, ensuring that the Karaein brothers certainly won’t be the last welfare fraudsters in the Great Lake State.
Courtesy of Conservative Tribune