Mass. law loopholes open door to food...

Mass. law loopholes open door to food-stamp fraud

There are 64 comments on the Lowell Sun story from Jan 17, 2011, titled Mass. law loopholes open door to food-stamp fraud. In it, Lowell Sun reports that:

As more people depend on food stamps to eat, food-stamp fraud by Massachusetts retailers is going largely unchecked because limited resources and the lack of state law make it hard for local authorities to investigate and prosecute unscrupulous merchants.

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JoeBlow

Lynn, MA

#1 Jan 17, 2011
This problem is not new. This problem start in the late 90'. Food Stamp, Section 8 housing, Welfare program, Winter Heating, WIC, All none profit program, charity program, food for poor, red cross, construction contract, DCF, District Court, Juvenile Court, Illegal gambling and state employee them self. Its not difficult to prosecute those retailers, but not their problem. The problem starting from the STATE SERVICES. You need to clean from the top first. The retailer are just the last problem.
BlowMyJoe

Lynn, MA

#2 Jan 17, 2011
I think you forgot to mention about the Health care Insurance on MassHealth.
JoeBlow wrote:
This problem is not new. This problem start in the late 90'. Food Stamp, Section 8 housing, Welfare program, Winter Heating, WIC, All none profit program, charity program, food for poor, red cross, construction contract, DCF, District Court, Juvenile Court, Illegal gambling and state employee them self. Its not difficult to prosecute those retailers, but not their problem. The problem starting from the STATE SERVICES. You need to clean from the top first. The retailer are just the last problem.
57th State

Wellesley, MA

#3 Jan 17, 2011
Eldridge - if this is a federal program I suggest the state stay out of this fray. Go after problems you are responsible for.
fitch

Fitchburg, MA

#4 Jan 17, 2011
If the state is involved you can be sure there will be no accountability and waste/abuse will run rampart.

Whether its state money or federal money, Massachusetts has a reputation of doing nothing well, and the abusers just love us
No Kidding

Augusta, ME

#5 Jan 17, 2011
There was or is a state agency called; The Bureau of Special Investigations, Welfare Fraud. You can't get these deadbeat hacks to investigate anything even when you hand them the documents and do the work for them.
Of Course, the elected idiots of that state want it that way.

OH! BSI, I will be glad to tell the press who and when this case took place.
MySamold

Lynn, MA

#6 Jan 17, 2011
see nothing and hear nothing. They will not doing anything, if the WhiteHouse do not put pressure on these elected rep.,judge,...and will be another running around the wagon.
So Lem

Tyngsboro, MA

#7 Jan 17, 2011
Those wacky asians!
Lowellian

Chelmsford, MA

#8 Jan 17, 2011
Its not just the retailers. It is also the customers. How many times do I stand in line at a supermarket (esp the one at Fletcher & Broadway) and out comes the Food Stamo card to pay for the allowed groceries - then to pay for the smokes and dog food they bring out the wad of $50's and $100's......then go outside and get into the Mercedes or BMW. They know how to work the system.
Lowellian

Chelmsford, MA

#9 Jan 17, 2011
And CTI (Community Teamwork, Inc) is NO BETTER.
A few weeks ago a guy I know went to CTI to get health insurance. Now this guy works full time for a landscaper (under the table of course). He brings home 8 - 900 dollars a week. He told the caseworker filling out his Mass Health Ap that he worked under the table - her response "Oh fine...we'll just put down that you are unemployed". This must go on all the time. I reported the entire incident to Marie Sweeney (high up at CTI) even gave her names and dates. This guy is still working for cash and we the taxpayers are paying for his Mass Health....while he sits at the bar in Cupples Square every night spending $100 or so for drinks and coke (not the liquid kind).
All

Lynn, MA

#10 Jan 17, 2011
Those wacky EspAsiAfr!
Big Dan

Tyngsboro, MA

#11 Jan 17, 2011
Time to do away with food stamps. Instead of giving out free food we should hand out free rubbers. If you can't feed them don't breed them. Put baby machines on mandatory birth control.
so sad

Acton, MA

#12 Jan 17, 2011
Oh Jamie Eldridge--you are so naive! If you think only the stores are responsible for fraud, you need to get out and into the community to see how much fraud is going on with the people who make stories up to get the food stamps in the first place!! Get your bleeding heart out of your way and start using your brains for once!!
Palo

Lynn, MA

#13 Jan 17, 2011
Wow, the State and Federal are doing both. Giving Food Stamp, Welfare, Section 8 and allowed DCF to raise their children. These two system working so well that why all those shooting and stabing suspect and victim have been dealing with DCF from the past. Tell me how these system are really working for the poor or for the state employee?
Big Dan wrote:
Time to do away with food stamps. Instead of giving out free food we should hand out free rubbers. If you can't feed them don't breed them. Put baby machines on mandatory birth control.
Rondo

Tewksbury, MA

#14 Jan 17, 2011
sell food stamps to get money for crack
Chris

Chelmsford, MA

#15 Jan 17, 2011
All wrote:
Those wacky EspAsiAfr!
Those wacky WhiESPAsiAfr!
The Outlook

Peabody, MA

#16 Jan 17, 2011
So Lem wrote:
Those wacky asians!
You slum-lord stupid idiot. Why are you always target at Asians, huh?? Why not other races?
Deal

Lynn, MA

#17 Jan 17, 2011
Roling the rock off from the hill much affective than trying to roll it up the hill. What I mean is starting investigation or change the laws from the top leader. The poor and retailer just want to survive day to day. The state services are there to let people use and to keep the state employee have something to do. Everything else in state MA is corrupted. From school bus company, to whatever you can think of. We can not change anything the justice is blind. Deal with it and keep on working.
Chris wrote:
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Those wacky WhiESPAsiAfr!
Deal

Lynn, MA

#18 Jan 17, 2011
Because Asian are the latest discovered the US. They like to work too much over-time and take job to oversea. They like to show off. They like to think that they are tough. They like to drink and party.
The Outlook wrote:
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You slum-lord stupid idiot. Why are you always target at Asians, huh?? Why not other races?
USA

Albany, NY

#19 Jan 17, 2011
How about NO MORE FREE Doritos and Pepsi for anyone...you WORK FOR IT!!! 50 Billion!?!?! This country is filled with garbage people....sickening.
No More

Lynn, MA

#20 Jan 17, 2011
Pres. Obama CleanEnergy program is on the way. 2012 is on the way. The earth will be gone with the smoke. New life will form again. Just stay put and keep on farting.
USA wrote:
How about NO MORE FREE Doritos and Pepsi for anyone...you WORK FOR IT!!! 50 Billion!?!?! This country is filled with garbage people....sickening.

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