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Six Ohio residents are accused of carrying out an $8.5 million food stamp fraud scheme, according to prosecutors.

Of the seven people accused of running a food stamp fraud scheme through a local food delivery business, six of them pled guilty while one pled not guilty.

The owner of the business, Kaitlin Koher, 32, of Jackson Township, pled not guilty and will be due back in court later in July, the Canton Repository reported.

Court documents state that the business, Ohio Direct Distributors, conducted an $8.5 million food stamp fraud scheme using Supplemental Nutrition Assistance (SNAP) benefits between August 2011 and September 2017.

The documents state that up to 93 percent of the company’s transactions could be considered fraudulent.

Federal investigators say that these store owners used SNAP recipients to trade benefits for cash and often “completed transactions without the individual recipient’s knowledge or consent,” the court filings said.

Food stamp fraud is quite commonplace among convenience stores in the U.S. and is one of the ways the federal government loses billions of dollars each year.

A Government Accountability Office (GAO) report from 2019 found that criminals were responsible for trafficking at least $1 billion in food stamp benefits.

Last March, Florida law enforcement officials busted nearly 200 people on food stamp fraud charges while they carried out an undercover law enforcement investigation.

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12 Comments

12 Comments

  1. Trump 2020

    June 11, 2019 at 12:54 am

    I wonder what color they are?
    Got pictures?
    Or is that to racist to ask?
    Pfft…

    • Linda

      June 11, 2019 at 1:14 am

      Her Facebook page shows her to be white.

      • Jill

        June 11, 2019 at 7:14 am

        Figured as much. Blacks don’t have the mental capacity to rob without sticks or spears or guns.

        • Q

          June 11, 2019 at 7:17 am

          How bout dem Nigerians.

        • Trump 2020

          June 11, 2019 at 10:18 am

          Hahahaha… 🙂
          I’m laughing so hard I can’t even type.

      • zchonie miller

        June 11, 2019 at 7:43 pm

        Kaitlin Koher. She’s the only one that pled not guilty.

  2. Dr Pepper

    June 11, 2019 at 8:01 am

    Remember, the Food Stamp Money is actually our hard earned TAX dollars that they are stealing … It sure would be better if we could spend or save those dollars for our personal use…..”Federal investigators say that these store owners used SNAP recipients to trade benefits for cash” …. Somehow, the loop holes need to be closed …. and the guilty need to be prosecuted….

    • zchonie miller

      June 11, 2019 at 7:48 pm

      But, Dr Pepper. Nancy Pelosi said that the SNAP program helps the economy. those people were only trying to stimulate the economy. Maybe it’s not Trump’s good economy at all. but the people that were stealing food stamp money is the real reason for all the jobs. mmm… Do Ya’ think..?

  3. Nick Byrne

    June 11, 2019 at 9:01 am

    Thier are too many Democrats that are in on these deals. Crooked politicians create breeding grounds for shit like this.

  4. Bj

    June 11, 2019 at 9:22 am

    This is the same as the dimms not wanting to close the borders. The cartel contribute heavily to ALL their campaigns thru shill companies set up all over the country. They are raking in the dough trafficking humans and drugs that are killing our citizens. Stop and think about it people…….how can anyone condone all these people flooding our borders? No place to go, spreading disease and carnage. They claim to care about children but either kill them in the womb at full term or allow them to be beaten and raped 20 times a day. All in the name of campaign donations. These elite ingrate SOB’s are worse then the criminals and should be prosecuted.

  5. Gregorio Guapo

    June 11, 2019 at 1:03 pm

    I used to work at a grocery store and saw this kind of stuff and more happen all day, every day.The system is out of control from the obama years, and needs to be purged of all the freeloaders and criminals.

  6. Sam Lehman

    June 11, 2019 at 1:05 pm

    Take away the food stamps and start giving out commodities again, that will give recipients incentive to do better and look for work so they can eat fresh meat and drink bottled milk.

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