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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.

  • Trump 2020 says:

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

  • Dr Pepper says:

    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 says:

      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..?

  • Nick Byrne says:

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

  • Bj says:

    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.

  • Gregorio Guapo says:

    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.

  • Sam Lehman says:

    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.

  • CF