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The federal food stamp program is too valuable to millions of needy Americans — and under enough fire from House Republicans — that the last thing it needs is to be undermined by a large-scale fraud operation like the one alleged to have been committed by the owners of a Schenectady grocery. We’ll give credit to federal and local authorities who busted them last week for buying food stamps from customers for 50 cents on ...


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albright1
August 1, 2013
8:21 a.m.

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Your only question is "Our only question is, why did it take so long?"....how about "how pervasive is this scamming in New York and America?" How about "why is the government so incompetent?" How about "if this is the way the food stamp operation runs, how is the government health care program going to run?"

wmarincic
August 1, 2013
11:51 a.m.

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This is the tip of the iceberg. I will bet you that there are many bodegas and corner stores doing the same thing on a smaller scale. Pick a government program and I will show you a program filled with billions in fraud.

ThePhilistine
August 1, 2013
9:54 p.m.

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The food stamp program is so important that people should not know about the massive fraud that exists....in other words They don't care if the program works or not to keep the cash flowing.....

reader1
August 3, 2013
8:56 a.m.

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So, the government is responsible for "recipients being caught in the web" because they took too long to arrest them for criminal activity. First, the government gives people food to survive, then it is also responsible to detecting abuses immediately so the people being given free sustenance don't abuse the system?

But, then there would be no rationale for criticizing law enforcement.

artbarb
August 3, 2013
2:52 p.m.

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likewise, city residents should be kept in the dark about their overvalued tax assessments:
Sales during the measurement timeframe:
# Street date sold price taxed value variance
3013 Albany St 11/21/2011 $35,000 $101,400 -65%
2410 Avenue A Ext 1/31/2012 $39,000 $102,300 -62%
1079 Avon Rd 1/31/2012 $170,000 $280,000 -39%
1577 Carrie St 12/9/2011 $30,000 $47,800 -37%
851 Central pkwy 1/11/2012 80,000 136,000 -41%
1101 Dean St 2/29/2012 48,000 116,400 -59%
10 Dewitt 2/13/2012 $45,000 $95,100 -53%
1036 Eastern Ave 1/30/2012 $73,000 $111,200 -34%
2017 Foster Ave 10/31/2011 $53,000 $122,900 -57%
1448 Gerling 4/18/2012 $103,000 $157,200 -34%
1273 Glenwood 3/12/2013 $135,000 $154,200 -12%
1359 Glenwood 6/5/2198 $109,000 $124,700 -13%
1070 Glenwood Blvd Sold on 10/6/2011 $65,000 $155,600 -58%
1801 Grand Blvd 6/22/2012 98,000 165,100 -41%
1252 Keyes Ave 12/16/2011 104,500 167,500 -38%
1702 Lenox 4/17/2012 $82,000 $129,800 -37%
1724 Lenox Rd 7/8/2011 $50,000 $114,300 -56%
1801 Lenox Rd 5/22/2012 $105,000 $152,700 -31%
1007 Maryland Av 2/23/2012 $140,000 $193,900 -28%
1170 Oxford Plc 5/19/2012 $101,000 $133,400 -24%
1178 Parkwood Blvd 10/4/2011 $85,000 $140,100 -39%
1150 Phoenix Ave 12/9/2011 $122,000 $163,900 -26%
1550 Randolph Rd 9/30/2011 $146,000 $175,600 -17%
7 Rosa Rd 5/21/2012 $103,000 $158,100 -35%
204 Rosa Rd 8/18/2011 $82,000 $110,000 -25%
1132 Rugby 3/21/2011 $191,000 $256,800 -26%
1156 Stratford Ave 2/27/2012 $200,000 $272,700 -27%
932 Strong 11/29/2011 $15,000 $42,100 -64%
1232 Union St Sold on 6/8/2012 $49,900 $142,000 -65%
1348 Union St Sold on 4/4/2012 $106,500 $154,200 -31%
851 Union St. 2/7/2012 $83,500 $122,800 -32%
1061 Waverly Pl 9/16/2011 $139,000 $153,300 -9% 1122 Waverly Pl Sold on 4/27/2012 $118,000 $146,900 -20%
1189 Waverly Pl Sold on 6/14/2012 $106,500 $126,500 -16%
1298 Waverly Pl Sold on 1/17/2012 $98,000 $160,200 -39%
1125 Wendell Ave 1/19/2012 $176,000 $207,600 -15%
118 Western Pkwy 11/22/2011 $39,000 $60,500 -36%

robbump
August 5, 2013
2:13 p.m.

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We were poor when I was a child. There were no food stamps nor EBT cards.
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Based on family size and income, families were given an allotted amount of SURPLUS FOOD. I will not deny that there was a certain amount of black-market activity, but most of it was in the line of one family trading their powdered eggs for another family's chopped pork.
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Go back to assisting people by giving them FOOD, rather than what amounts to BLANK CHECKS.

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