We received a disturbing anonymous comment from a reader with knowledge of the inner workings of one of the federal ‘religious’ refugee resettlement contracting offices in Florida. But, before I tell you what the commenter reported, I want to remind long-time readers and alert new readers to my long-standing interest in food stamp fraud in the immigrant community.
We previously wrote many posts on major food stamp fraud (called trafficking), but have had to give up the interest for lack of time.
However, I must say I am half tempted to take a break from writing RRW to begin addressing the many frauds being perpetrated on the taxpayer by those we have “welcomed” to America—food stamp fraud, Medicare/Medicaid fraud, housing fraud, daycare fraud, driver’s license fraud and the list goes on.
I simply can’t understand why mainstream investigative reports AND even the alternative media are largely ignoring the subject.
Americans are generous, but they don’t want to be cheated.
From a reader:
In order to receive food stamps in Florida, applicants must submit proof of employment (earnings statements) or proof of loss of employment (from former employer). Amount of food stamps received depends on number in household, income, expenses, etc.
So, a Florida refugee resettlement caseworker asks coworker how to reapply for food stamps for refugee client who is working and being paid $300 per week “under the table” and therefore has no income and employment documentation to submit with the benefit application.
Coworker says, “You have three options. 1. Reapply and don’t submit employment documentation and client will be turned down for benefits. 2. Reapply and provide the employer’s name, amount of cash being paid to worker, etc., and see the employer busted and the employee fired! 3. Follow the law, tell client to either work legally and receive income proof or don’t apply for benefits!
Next issue—same day!
Refugee resettlement caseworker asks coworker if there is any funding available to help a client pay $400+ for his driver’s license. Coworker says, “$400 dollars? It doesn’t cost $400 to get a driver’s license!” Caseworker says client must pay about $50 for the driver’s license but needs the other $350+ to pay the Arabic speaking “friend” who will interpret at the DMV and give the correct answers since the refugee client doesn’t know the answers!
(The request for extra funding for the “interpreter” was denied, but how many other agencies do risk your lives on the road when refugees fraudulently obtain drivers’s licenses. We have heard plenty of stories over the years about those driver’s license fraud cases.—ed.)
Both cases involved Iraqi refugees we are told.
Our category ‘Comments worth noting/guest posts’ was designed for readers to get messages out that we find informative. If you have first-hand knowledge of fraud in the refugee resettlement ‘industry,’ please send it our way.