A couple from Greensboro, North Carolina have been arrested for allegedly defrauding the national food stamp program.
Luz Adriana Walker and David Christopher Walker, owners of a meat market, have been busted trafficking food stamps. They would buy food stamps for 50 cents on the dollar and have acquired more than $100,000 worth between January 1, 2013 through December 31, 2014.
To make this story even more obscene, the couple only got discovered after they “gave undercover Guilford County Sheriff’s deputies $200 for $400 worth of electronic Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits transfers,” according to News-Record.
The couple was arrested on Friday and are both facing charges for obtaining property under false pretenses, accessing government computers for fraud, fraudulently buying and selling food stamps, and two counts of conspiracy to commit a felony.
They are currently being held at Guilford County Jail with bail set for each at $350,000.
Food stamp trafficking is more popular than originally presumed. According to IJ Review, “The USDA (United States Department of Agriculture) ‘permanently’ disqualifies about 900 retailers or vendors a year, almost always for trafficking.” Those that have been disqualified from the program have cost taxpayers a substantial amount of money. For the fraud revealed in 2008 alone, it had cost taxpayers $330 million.
Taxpayers work hard for their money and many struggle daily to provide for themselves without being provided the benefits this couple and others have abused. It’s about time we crack down and put more restrictions on our benefit programs, so hard-working taxpayers only help those who really need the benefits.