The food stamp program, also called the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), was designed to help those poor who are unable for one reason or another to afford their basic necessities like food.
Like anything else however, there are always people who will manage to scam the tax payers out of what amounts to millions of dollars from what is supposed to be a philanthropic program to help the needy.
One Mexican citizen learned what happens to those who try and steal from the American people when he was sentenced to 30 months in prison and three years supervised release on Friday in federal court in Hartford, Connecticut. This was over a food stamp fraud conviction in which he defrauded the taxpayers out of 3.2 million dollars!
Raul Carlos Monarca-Gonzalez, a Mexican citizen, 40, was sentenced to 30 months in prison and three years supervised release on Friday in federal court in Hartford, Connecticut, in connection with a massive food stamps fraud scheme, according to a statement from the U.S. attorney’s office.
Monarca-Gonzalez worked at WB Trade Fair Grocery on Willow Street in Waterbury where he, along with others who worked there, illegally allowed customers to redeem food stamps for cash from November 2014 to June 2016.
Investigators from the U.S. attorney’s office say WB Trade Fair Grocery redeemed a total of approximately $3.2 million over an 18-month period, far more than the estimated $120,000 to $240,000 the store could legally redeem.
He was also ordered to pay $1.5 million in restitution, according to the U.S. attorney’s office.
Monarca-Gonzalez pleaded guilty in November to one count of unlawful use of food stamp benefits and one count of conspiracy to commit food stamp fraud.
He also faces immigration proceedings at the end of his prison term.
We want to point out here that the crime was committed by a citizen of Mexico who shouldn’t have been in this country to begin with. He was here illegally!
It is a sad statement about how far down America has descended when the criminals from other countries come here because of the easy pickings. The reason why we have immigration laws in the first place is to prevent people like him from coming here to practice his crime.
We really do need President Trump to crack down on immigration even if the liberals are just too ignorant and naive to know it!