The alleged scammers in this story from New Mexico probably aren’t “refugees” or “asylum seekers,” just ordinary run-of-the-mill Hispanics who, if they aren’t legal Americans at this time, they soon will be thanks to Amnesty Rubio and the gang.
Longtime readers know that immigrant food stamp fraud is a side interest of mine. I’ve never counted them, but I bet if you type ‘food stamp fraud‘ into our search function you will get a hundred posts on the topic spanning 5 years. And, we aren’t talking about petty scamming—this is the big stuff, food stamp trafficking. Each and every case has a new and amusing twist to it.
In this story from New Mexico, Mr. and Mrs. Miguel Solis (who speak Spanish) were arrested for allegedly scamming the state and federal government of hundreds of thousands of dollars. Upon his arrest a reporter asked Miguel what was going on. He said he didn’t know, but his wife was the one paying the bills.
By the way, I searched for a mugshot for Miguel Solis, but there were just too many mugshots for perps with the same name.
This Eyewitness News 4 investigative team did a great job! Be sure to watch the news story linked here. The video has a very good explanation about how the scam is done.
In an unassuming little mom and pop shop on a side road in Farmington [replace Farmington with anytown, USA—ed], investigators say hundreds of thousands of dollars worth of food stamps were being siphoned from a program to feed needy families and turned into cash.
Uniformed officers arrested the owners of the shop, Miguel Solis and his wife Ana Montano-Solis, on a federal indictment for food stamp fraud.
According to the indictment, the couple used their EBT card reader at the store to swipe EBT cards, also know as food stamp cards, to access money meant to be used to buy food.
The indictment also shows the couple was conducting transactions that paid 50 cents for every government dollar provided for food stamp benefits.
Miguel Solis said he didn’t know what was going on as he was taken to the police car.
When asked about the allegations of food stamp fraud, Solis said he didn’t know what his wife was doing and claimed that the money had gone to pay bills.
Anna Montano-Solis declined to comment.