Food Stamp Sellers Could Be In Trouble

Eight convenience store owners accused of receiving stolen goods, conspiracy, and money laundering, are also accused of buying food stamp cards, called EBT cards, from low income clients. The question is, could these food stamp recipients find themselves in trouble?

Local, state and federal investigators raided the Greenville convenience stores Thursday and say the owners may have purchased the cards from the recipients for a fraction of the price and then falsified purchases and were reimbursed the full amount of the card.

According to the Pitt County Social Services Director, George Perry, the USDA has an investigative team that could find out if the card holder abused their privilege.

Perry says the recipients who sold their cards can lose their benefits for ten years or forever.

Perry says close to 20,000 people in Pitt County receive food stamps benefits, but they do not how many of them could have sold them to these store owners.


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  • by me Location: somewhere on Jul 27, 2009 at 12:42 PM
    What they gonna do? Slap their hands and let them back on the street, so they can sit on their lazy tails and not work and get food stamps and then sell them for money. Yep that's exactly what they gonna do. Keep handing out to people who can work and dont hand out to the ones who need it. Makes me sick. Go to work people and work like I do!!!!
  • by Anonymous on Jul 24, 2009 at 09:35 AM
    Ok but not everyone is sitting on there asses taking hand outs. My husband works 50 hours a week but only make $9 an hour, we have 2 kids, and I am going to college for accounting (never having anyone fixed that problem) We just make ends meet so I thought why not try to get food stamps but didn't think we could. We get $350 a month and it's all used on food for my family, not sold or anything else. So no not everyone is using the system sitting on their asses, some are trying to better their place in life.
  • by Stamp Collector Location: Greenville on Jul 19, 2009 at 04:36 AM
    I am a little confused about this whole thing. I am a stamp collector, and I am wondering whats the problem with people selling the stamps with food on em. Personally my collection needs some stamps with strawberries on them, to go with my stamps with bananas on them and the ones with oranges on them. I love stamping :D
  • by Anonymous on Jul 18, 2009 at 05:03 PM
    GR & others, where is that "extra help" going to come from? The government is broke, bailing out failing banks & car industry, many who were working & paying taxes are now laid off with homes in foreclosure. I ask again, where is the "extra help" going to come from?
  • by GR on Jul 18, 2009 at 07:32 AM
    You are right I'm the baby daddy I have to pay 20 dollars too, but instead of sitting on a computer complaining aboutit and calling people name and saying they don't know who the daddy is. I will just go apply for foodstamps and wellcheck for myself and my son than you guys can complain about me. PS I have a job, but these day people need extra help and so do all of you.
  • by It's All Good Location: Bertie on Jul 17, 2009 at 10:27 PM
    OH YEAH...DSS really do STINK I am a disabled mom of two and tell tell me I am only entitled to $7 worth of food stamps may I remind you I am also a single mom....But a Mexican family lived next door to me mom,dad,and three kids got nearly $500 in food stamps.The system then wants to know all your business from birth to death and still will deny you of any help.So dont feel so bad some of you can hold a job and still get foodstamps,But I can't hold a job and can't get foodstamps.I even know of working men to get help from DSS .Thats when I said it's just time for me to do the best I could and feed my family whatever we could get.
  • by pete Location: grifton on Jul 17, 2009 at 04:37 PM
    what a joke illegal's working under one name and getting help from DSS in their real name.Dss worker can't do anything but ask the company is so and so working there,answer no,but sending two kids to a charter school.Did I fail to mention another kid on the way?they got the scam down pat.
  • by J Location: Nc on Jul 17, 2009 at 02:46 PM
    WITN why do you even post Kayleigh or whatever the name is comments? It's just someone trying to get attention. Some little teenager probably .
  • by To cindi on Jul 17, 2009 at 02:17 PM
    Well,Cindi you needs to report her and stop posting comments..or tell your mother to put her out..She bet she will stop going to Victoria Secrets then.When we keep allowing the "low life(s)" to do such things,they will never change..I like Victoria Secrets but I can't afford it right now..I got a 6 month old baby to take care of..I think about every little dollar I spend..Buying $60 worth of Victoria Secrets would of got my baby some outfits and some pampers..She definitely need to get out your mother's house..
  • by Cindi Location: Simpson on Jul 17, 2009 at 08:25 AM
    UPDATE:My brother's GF who is presently homeless and lives with my mother and receives foodstamp...well she got paid yesterday and what did she do?She went to Victoria's Secret and bought 60.00 worth of that stinking perfume and lotion,while letting taxpayers feed her and her child.How's that?She blows every paycheck she gets because she knows she will eat with no worries and have Insurance.Pure pond scum if you ask me.
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