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Feds Bust "One Of The Largest Food Stamp Frauds Ever"

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With nicknames like "The Money Wizard" and "Gran Hustle," 88 people have been indicted in what the FBI calls "one of the largest federal food program frauds ever." Grocery stores were created for the express purpose of laundering WIC (Women, Infant & Children) and Food Stamp (EBT) funds from willing benefits-receivers who were given discounted cash for the "food" stamps canvassed from "low income neighborhoods" in Georgia. The government seeks the forfeiture of $20 million in bank accounts and assets, including two luxury vehicles, a 2008 Mercedes Benz and a 2008 Land Rover. Exceptional!

Via The FBI,

Georgia’s Women, Infant, and Children (WIC) program provides infant formula, juice, eggs, fresh fruits and vegetables, and other healthy foods to low-income pregnant and postpartum women and to infants and children up to age 5 who are nutritionally at risk.

 

The Food Stamp Program, now known as the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), provides “food stamp” benefits to low-income families through Electronic Benefit Transfer (EBT) cards, which are similar to debit cards. It is a crime to exchange WIC or Food Stamp benefits for cash.

How They Did It...

The 54-defendant indictment alleges that a number of defendants conspired to open purported grocery stores in Savannah, Macon, Atlanta, Garden City, Lithonia, LaGrange, Stone Mountain, Riverdale, and elsewhere for the purpose of buying WIC and Food Stamp benefits for cash.

Once the purported stores were opened and approved as WIC and Food Stamp vendors, many of the defendants allegedly canvassed low-income neighborhoods and solicited WIC and Food Stamp participants to illegally exchange their benefits not for food but for cash.

The defendants then allegedly bought WIC and Food Stamp benefits for cash at a fraction of the amount they received from the USDA by redeeming the benefits they had purchased. The defendants also allegedly conspired to launder over $18 million in proceeds received from their fraud upon the WIC and Food Stamp programs.

And here are the 54 defendants who ran the scheme (34 others who were involved were the ones illegally trading their oh-so-critical food stamps for cash)...
 

  • Brandon Sapp, AKA “B,” 37, Austell, Georgia
  • Kimberly Sapp, AKA “Kimberly Walker,” AKA “The Money Wizard,” 34, Austell, Georgia
  • Calvin Williams, AKA “Slick,” 39, Atlanta, Georgia
  • Isaac Martin, AKA “Ike,” 37, Jonesboro, Georgia
  • John P. Jones, AKA “JP,” 39, Ellenwood, Georgia
  • Wayne Jackson, AKA “J5,” 32, Atlanta, Georgia
  • Gregory Thomas, AKA “Rich Gregg,” 37, Atlanta, Georgia
  • Kerry Adams, AKA “Big Skreed,” AKA “Skrump,” 38, Atlanta, Georgia
  • Brian Lockhart, AKA “Lock,” 47, Atlanta, Georgia
  • Henry Ward, AKA “TY,” AKA “TYE,” AKA “Grand Hustle,” 32, Savannah, Georgia
  • Vincent Harper, 40, Atlanta, Georgia
  • Ostrando S. Brock, AKA “Shun,” AKA “Shawn,” 32, Mableton, Georgia
  • Jesse McCoy, AKA “Jay Mac,” 42, Ellenwood, Georgia
  • Terence Cosby, AKA “Me Gold,” 33, Savannah, Georgia
  • Raymond Hargrove, 27, Savannah, Georgia
  • Jacqueline Beauchamp, AKA “Jackie,” 25, Pooler, Georgia
  • Elizabeth Beauchamp, 28, Pooler, Georgia
  • Gerald Patilla, AKA “PT,” 30, Savannah, Georgia
  • Clayton Talley, 32, Pooler, Georgia
  • Ebony Jacobs, 28, Savannah, Georgia
  • Olajawon Simmons, AKA “Wan,” AKA “Won,” 27, Savannah, Georgia
  • Reginald Simmons, AKA “Reggie,” 28, Savannah, Georgia
  • Gary Grier, AKA “Bundee”, AKA “Dee,” 37, Atlanta, Georgia
  • Magregor Warner, AKA “KB,” 40, Atlanta, Georgia
  • Benjamin Tookes, AKA “B,” AKA “Ben,” 40, Atlanta, Georgia
  • Carlos Davis, AKA “Lo,” 38, Atlanta, Georgia
  • Raymond Hixon, AKA “Dre,” 38, Atlanta, Georgia
  • Thomas Thornton, AKA “Big Bo,” 27, Atlanta, Georgia
  • Branden Jordan, 32, Atlanta, Georgia
  • Mark White, 38, Atlanta, Georgia
  • Tobias Render, AKA “Tee,” AKA “Toby,” 33, Atlanta, Georgia
  • Eric Burkes, AKA “E,” 25, Atlanta, Georgia
  • Aryay Strong, 31, Atlanta, Georgia
  • Marshall Sears, 38, Atlanta, Georgia
  • Suleyma Arreola, 21, Marietta, Georgia
  • Emory White, 32, Marietta, Georgia
  • Obryan Moore, AKA “OB,” 29, Powder Springs, Georgia
  • Terry Mitchell, Jr., 43, LaGrange, Georgia
  • Corey Mitchell, AKA “Stick,” 39, Atlanta, Georgia
  • Luquoise Clay, AKA “Qui,” 30, Atlanta, Georgia
  • Jessica Cameron, AKA “Keta,” 30, Grantville, Georgia
  • Joshua Dunlap, 38, Monticello, Georgia
  • Maurice Fudge, AKA “Reese,” 39, Macon, Georgia
  • Quinton Matthews, AKA “Q,” AKA “Chuck Matthews,” 39, Macon, Georgia
  • Charles Jackson, AKA “Cooley Slim,” AKA “Corey,” 35, Lithia Springs, Georgia
  • Ronnie Zachary, AKA “City,” 29, Byron, Georgia
  • Porsha Drewery, AKA “Parsha,” 37, Macon, Georgia
  • Taquilla Johnson, AKA “Quilla,” 35, Macon, Georgia
  • Raheem Waller, 30, Atlanta, Georgia
  • Travis Rich, 35, Atlanta, Georgia
  • Marlon Dobbins, 29, Atlanta, Georgia
  • Derrick Heard, AKA “Da Man,” AKA “Heard,” 43, Atlanta, Georgia
  • Rahdriq Turner, AKA “Rah Rah,” 36, Rockmart, Georgia
  • Antonio Dorsey, AKA “Bear,” 34, East Point, Georgia

The WIC and Food Stamp programs are designed to provide necessary nutrition for the most vulnerable members of our society,” said Brock D. Nicholson, Special Agent in Charge of HSI Atlanta. “HSI is proud to have assisted the U.S. Department of Agriculture and others in protecting this program from alleged fraudulent activity in the state of Georgia.”

“This investigation and prosecution should send a strong zero-tolerance message to those individuals who create businesses for the purpose of specifically defrauding the taxpayer funded WIC and SNAP programs,” said Karen Citizen-Wilcox, Special Agent in Charge, USDA-OIG-Investigations. “It should also serve as a warning to all stores, that participate in the WIC and SNAP programs as vendors, that fraud and trafficking (purchasing those benefits for cash) will be vigorously investigated and prosecuted by

Now that is exceptional.

 

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Fri, 06/13/2014 - 09:53 | 4852570 Vampyroteuthis ...
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As our Congresscritters look on and say "Do as I say, not as I do". This is referring to gubimint cheating.

Fri, 06/13/2014 - 09:58 | 4852589 The Internation...
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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kGjSq4HqP9Y

 

Hell yeaaa... starts at 1:30

Fri, 06/13/2014 - 10:01 | 4852618 Killer the Buzzard
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RAYCISSS!!!

Fri, 06/13/2014 - 10:10 | 4852658 Haus-Targaryen
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Christ Tyler, turn off autoplay.

Fri, 06/13/2014 - 10:19 | 4852695 Save_America1st
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the Feds ARE the fucking food stamp fraud!  They created this whole fucking mess.  Of course they knew this kinda shit was gonig to spawn from it.  Fucking scumbag, criminal, government fucks. 

Fri, 06/13/2014 - 10:42 | 4852744 Bananamerican
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The FBI closes in over $20 whole fricken million worth of fraud...REALLY?
Wall Streeters literally bought the NYPD gear worth more than that after the Bailouts

Fri, 06/13/2014 - 10:44 | 4852784 Gaius Frakkin' ...
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Good job FBI. Know that your paychecks come from the biggest criminals of all. Now go fuck yourselves.

Fri, 06/13/2014 - 10:49 | 4852807 max2205
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Holder, get on this.   Racist Travon style

Fri, 06/13/2014 - 11:01 | 4852869 So Close
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So they go from fraud re: food stamp to being fed 3 squares a day at our expense.  Great.

Fri, 06/13/2014 - 11:06 | 4852899 ebworthen
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My thought too; they can't bust the Wall Street gangsters?

Where is Jon Corzine by the way, he stole $1.20 Billion from little old Ladies, with Jamie Dimon's help.

$20 Million is a dribble from the hose that the FED waters Wall Street with daily.

I'm glad they busted these people, but let's lop off the head, not the toenails.

Fri, 06/13/2014 - 10:28 | 4852746 Citxmech
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Shutting down criminal rackets is fine and all, but personally I'd rather see John Corzine arrested.  The scope of the institutionalized fraud at the top makes this kind of stuff look like amateur hour. 

Fri, 06/13/2014 - 10:37 | 4852765 Joe Davola
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Hey, wasn't Me Gold a poster here?

Well, until he ran afoul the Racial Discrimination policy.

Fri, 06/13/2014 - 10:28 | 4852747 The Internation...
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Gotta keep them proles in line, right?

Fri, 06/13/2014 - 10:29 | 4852752 nope-1004
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How is what these people did any different from from the Foodstamp policy itself?  How someone gets illegitimate food or money in either scenario is the same.  Both are fraud, except when .gov prints out of thin air and masks the inflation tax, everyone thinks it's wonderful.

Both are the same fraud.

 

Fri, 06/13/2014 - 12:02 | 4853268 Tall Tom
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Illegitamate food?

 

If the frauds of War, Wall Street, and the Federal Reserve Bank had not been perpetrated upon the American Public then the SNAP Program would not be a necessity as these people would have JOBS.

 

We have 25% Unemployment in this Nation. The "Official" Numbers are incredible...UNBELIEVEABLE. There are NO JOBS and there is NO RECOVERY.

 

Let me suggest that an army of Starving people will revolt and burn down Wall Street, the Hamptons, and every other wealthy community. Revolutions happen only when the Nation-State goes hungry.

 

That is probably our destiny anyway. Death by fire.

 

You may wish to repeat the rhetoric that a rising tide lifts all boats. Well when the boats are anchored by overwheming DEBT that tide will end up DROWNING BOTH WEALTHY AND POOR. (The wealthy carry even more DEBT as every Dollar which they have IS A DEBTOIR'S NOTE which will become VALUELESS in the oncoming Hyperinflation.)

 

Here is to hoping that you fare well in the coming FAMINE. Somehow I doubt it.

 

I will as I am Human. My GOLD will buy food and is there to feed many others....others which are DESERVING.

Fri, 06/13/2014 - 10:35 | 4852758 onewayticket2
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if "unemployment is the best form of stimulus", then food stamps (even if fraudulent) cant be much different....(in the eyes of a liberal in DC)

 

Fri, 06/13/2014 - 10:46 | 4852797 tmosley
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I changed my preferences so I have to click to enable flash.

No more autoplay bullshit, ever!

Fri, 06/13/2014 - 11:11 | 4852921 Hobbleknee
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How can this blatantly sexist program (WIC) even be legal?

Fri, 06/13/2014 - 12:29 | 4853436 plane jain
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When men start popping out babies we can start MIC.

The fraud is crap.  The WIC program is actually better than SNAP IMO.  It might even be a little too restrictive.  It is basically ration cards for specific staple foods.  You can't use WIC to buy chips and soda, or steak and lobster for that matter.

Fri, 06/13/2014 - 11:28 | 4853032 tarsubil
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The brothers were making money off WIC. Can't have that. That is for the Waltons. Just so we know who runs the show.

The idea the WIC is for helping basic needs is shown to be a fraud by this scam. People that had been given WIC were selling them for pennies on the dollar. That means the original beneficiary went out of their way to not use WIC for basic needs.

Fri, 06/13/2014 - 11:52 | 4853185 LuciusGermanicus
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Yep it really is rayciss ;)

All aboard the food money train...

Feb. 2014:

"Two Korean citizens have been sentenced to prison for their roles in a food stamp fraud scheme and may face deportation, the U.S. Attorney in Baltimore announced this week.

The cases were part of a food stamp fraud sting that implicated 10 convenience store owners in the Baltimore area in September. Authorities said the defendants, eight of whom have pleaded guilty to food stamp fraud or wire fraud so far, would illegally redeem food stamps in exchange for cash.

Hyung Cho, 40, of Catonsville, was sentenced to 38 months in prison and three years of supervised release, and his mother Dae Cho, 67, of Catonsville, was sentenced to 18 months in prison. The Cho's, who operated K&S Market, a convenience store at 3910 West Belvedere Avenue, were both ordered to forfeit more than $371,000 and pay restitution of $1.4 million. They did not have legal immigration status, according to the U.S. Attorney's Office, and have "agreed not to object to any proceedings that may be brought to remove them from the United States upon completion of their sentence."

Authorities said the Cho's would keep 50 percent of the food stamp benefits for themselves in the illegal transactions, and that they were typically exchanging an estimated $25,000 to $30,000 worth of food stamp benefits in about 50 transactions a day.

The Cho's were the first to be sentenced. The owners of convenience stores in Park Heights, Harlem Park and Carrollton Ridge are awaiting sentencing, the U.S. Attorney's Office said."

Fri, 06/13/2014 - 10:02 | 4852621 clooney_art
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South Florida - Fort Lauderdale - Miami area has high number of welfare abusers. All live high flying lives too. A clean-up is needed here too.

Fri, 06/13/2014 - 10:10 | 4852657 skidsmango1
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...just a variation of a play torn out of the SSN playbook.

Fri, 06/13/2014 - 11:04 | 4852888 Canadian Dirtlump
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The move here is to lash one of each of these fly hustlaz to a wall street / k street hustla and throw them over niagra falls and see which one dies first.

 

 

Fri, 06/13/2014 - 09:55 | 4852578 1stepcloser
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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iq33nfTr3-Y

 

did this get rounded up?

Fri, 06/13/2014 - 09:56 | 4852581 Billy Sol Estes
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Maurice Fudge?

Fri, 06/13/2014 - 09:58 | 4852590 Sudden Debt
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THIS IS WHAT'S WRONG WITH AMERICA!!!

 

the government doesn't respect the small business owners who take initiative...

sure it's "illegal" and stuff... but so was weed once...

 

Fri, 06/13/2014 - 11:02 | 4852879 dracos_ghost
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Mo Money, Mo Money, Mo Money...

 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P1XCf9gEu7E

Fri, 06/13/2014 - 09:57 | 4852591 The Internation...
Fri, 06/13/2014 - 09:59 | 4852592 Smegley Wanxalot
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Small potatoes to pretend like they are cracking down.  Billions wasted on $1000 toilet seats for the MIC and money to Solyndra et al and all the pork in return for political donations ... will never be brought up on charges.

 

By the way ... is there any way to get those fucking newsinc videos to not auto start at full fucking volume?  I had to add a complete filter block for news inc to stop that shit.

Fri, 06/13/2014 - 10:01 | 4852613 roadhazard
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I'll take a small potato over no potato any day.

Fri, 06/13/2014 - 10:37 | 4852763 Citxmech
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That's what the justice department is counting on.

Fri, 06/13/2014 - 11:00 | 4852856 XitSam
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Like when the DoJ targets veteran gun owners, but has given "assault weapons" to criminal gangs which kill government agents.

Fri, 06/13/2014 - 12:32 | 4853502 Tall Tom
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Or do you mean like that the US Government gives NATO Weapons to al Qaeda so that they can kill the US Ambassador to Libya?

Fri, 06/13/2014 - 09:59 | 4852594 LetThemEatRand
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Too bad they don't have the same success with prosecuting all the banker fraud that led to the mega $750B bank bailout.  Oh right, you have to make an attempt in order to have success.

Fri, 06/13/2014 - 11:31 | 4853051 Flakmeister
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They all settled with the SEC without an admission of guilt....

The new MO, illegally loot then pay a fine corresponding to less than the sweet heart tax cut that W. gave you....

See Mozillo, aka The Tan Man...

Fri, 06/13/2014 - 09:58 | 4852595 Flakmeister
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Yep...

As as big a fraud as GE paying zero corporate tax over the past 10 years....

Fri, 06/13/2014 - 09:59 | 4852598 Cangaroo.TNT
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Downward revisions to Q2 GDP on deck?  Didn't Bernanke himself testify to congress not to pursue medicare fraud for the same reason?

Fri, 06/13/2014 - 09:59 | 4852600 Robot Traders Mom
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At this point, Amerika is just a cesspool of dishonesty, ignorance, and debt. Nothing surprises me anymore except for the gaggle of neoconservative fucktards that still run around waving flags and saying freedom isn't free...

www.TopTheNews.com

Fri, 06/13/2014 - 10:00 | 4852601 Robot Traders Mom
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Sorry, double post. Ignore this one. Fuck it, ignore them both. 

Fri, 06/13/2014 - 10:00 | 4852603 Dr. Engali
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What's the problem here? If it weren't for fraud we wouldn't have an eCONomy. Now give me $750 billion dollars or we will see tanks in the streets by morning.

Fri, 06/13/2014 - 10:12 | 4852664 Cangaroo.TNT
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You are correct.  Bernanke said ANY reduction in spending would be hurtful to the "recovery."  Unless, of course, you spend more prosecuting the fraud than the fraud itself.

Fri, 06/13/2014 - 10:00 | 4852605 yellowsub
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A quick spot check of a month worth of actual inventory vs redemption would have stopped this a long time ago.

 

Fri, 06/13/2014 - 10:55 | 4852827 Postal
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Not necessarily: Local producers can setup to accept EBT at the farmers markets. How are you going to prove that I didn't grow and sell $5,000+ worth of fresh fruit and vegetables last week?

Fri, 06/13/2014 - 09:59 | 4852606 p00k1e
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MY EBT (NOW ON iTUNES) - By @MrEBT & @CaptnHook_Maine

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o64Fz-KW1Dk

Fri, 06/13/2014 - 10:00 | 4852607 pods
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20 million? Prolly cost that much to investigate it.

pods

Fri, 06/13/2014 - 10:00 | 4852611 NOZZLE
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Put them in striped prison uniforms, attach a 20lb black iron ball to one ankle and make them work it off in the fields.

Go back to direct food distribution, government cheese, flour, yeast, salt, dried utilti grade meat and all the depression apples they can eat. 

Fri, 06/13/2014 - 10:47 | 4852801 WillyGroper
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Let's see...

Bain & GS are fined $100m for rigging. I'm sure with no admission of wrong doing.

Where shall they start with those 20lb black iron balls?

Fri, 06/13/2014 - 11:17 | 4852968 waterhorse
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I suggest they start with those in the FIRE sector who claim to do "God's work."

Fri, 06/13/2014 - 10:00 | 4852612 Ignatius
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I worked in LA in the late 70s for a guy who inherited probably the best liquor store location in the city.  He also inherited apartment buildings, etc..  Anyway, every Sunday he'd hire a guy to razor out the food coupons from the Sunday papers. People would complain that the coupon sections were missing in the papers they bought.  Then he'd send them into the coupon redemption centers for their cash value as if people had bought those items from his small liquor/grocery store.  And he was a millionaire.

Any system that can be gamed, will be.

Fri, 06/13/2014 - 10:01 | 4852615 Rainman
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Only the tip of a humongous iceberg .

Fri, 06/13/2014 - 10:02 | 4852620 Atomizer
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If I had a son, we would be just like Ebony Jacobs.

Fri, 06/13/2014 - 12:12 | 4853336 Suisse
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Obama, is that you?

Fri, 06/13/2014 - 10:05 | 4852634 FieldingMellish
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Look at the ages of these people. Prime unemployed territory. #recovery

Fri, 06/13/2014 - 10:50 | 4852811 WillyGroper
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The majority in their 30's.

Sad commentary on our society as a whole and the devolution within.

Fri, 06/13/2014 - 10:05 | 4852636 Kreditanstalt
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"When you subsidize somethng, you get more of it."

Congratulations to these very inventive "criminals" for an ingenious effort to take advantage of a stupid and wasteful government program!

Fri, 06/13/2014 - 10:05 | 4852638 Miffed Microbio...
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I used to think the paltry sum one gets on EBT really couldn't make much of a difference until a friend told me she found out one of her renters had 11 cards. She was a little shocked nothing was done when she reported him.

I guess the joke is on me being a wage slave that plays by the rules. Something tells me this man is not aberrant.

Miffed;-)

Fri, 06/13/2014 - 10:35 | 4852757 sleigher
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I think that sometimes.  Who's the idiot?  Me the guy who plays by the rules, or the guy who scams everything he can?  They say when in Rome...  maybe I should act more like the "Romans" and say f' it.

Fri, 06/13/2014 - 10:53 | 4852823 WillyGroper
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Maybe their vetting process is using the 1985 VA admn computer system.

Fri, 06/13/2014 - 12:44 | 4853586 Tall Tom
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I do not think that she called. It would have cost her a tenant and RENT REVENUE.

 

I think that she told you that she called.

 

Get that renter's name for me, Miffed, and his address. I will take care of it or have it taken care of. The tenant is aberrant.

Fri, 06/13/2014 - 13:27 | 4853946 Miffed Microbio...
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Well, it kind of worked out in the end.

He was running quite a lucrative drug operation out of that house as well ( cute little bungalow in PB) and she wanted him out to do renovations. You would not believe the channels one has to go thru to get someone like this out of a house. It was taking months. So we thought about it and came up with a brilliant plan. 10 of her sister's Hells Angel biker pals paid him a visit and... voila! He had a change of heart and decided to pack up and leave that night.

Funny how some can be so much more persuasive then the official authorities. And they didn't even use the massive high tech Death Star gadgetry police today seemed so enamored.

Miffed;-)

Fri, 06/13/2014 - 13:58 | 4854125 Tall Tom
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Kudos to the Red and White.

Fri, 06/13/2014 - 10:05 | 4852639 youngman
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A few people misuse guns and the left want s to ban them...maybe we should ban food stamps now....seems like the same logic to me

Fri, 06/13/2014 - 10:27 | 4852740 General Decline
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Well, if it will save just one child....

Fri, 06/13/2014 - 10:05 | 4852640 asscannon101
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Pfffffffffffffffft! Thats nothing- run that same sting in Obomba's old stomping grounds of Chicago (The Grafty City) and see what you dredge up!

Fri, 06/13/2014 - 10:08 | 4852653 Kaiser Sousa
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keep paying your taxes....

USA, USA, USA!!!!!!!

and remember, no matter what you say about the recipients, the MoneyChangers make it all possible...

rage accordingly......

Fri, 06/13/2014 - 10:51 | 4852815 max2205
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FSA Rocks

Fri, 06/13/2014 - 10:14 | 4852679 XitSam
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They meant to say "One of the largest food stamp frauds that we've caught."

And terms like "One of the largest" are effectively meaningless.

Fri, 06/13/2014 - 10:18 | 4852694 yogibear
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Way back there were people selling food stamps for 50% off. They would pocket the cash and you get the goods for 50% free. A win-win for the fraudsters. For the politicians it's a win because if gets them re-elected. One huge socialist fraud-fest.

Fri, 06/13/2014 - 10:19 | 4852697 Colonel Klink
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Funny they have no problem prosecuting the list of names above.  Conspicuously absent seem to be any tribal names when yet the largest theft in America is plainly visible at Wall street, by which this theft pales by comparison.

Fri, 06/13/2014 - 10:22 | 4852717 insanelysane
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Now that you mention it, I didn't see Jon Corzine AKA Grand Gamboozeler Trader on the list.

Fri, 06/13/2014 - 10:48 | 4852805 Colonel Klink
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Zactly, or any other Wall street criminals of which we cannot mention.

Fri, 06/13/2014 - 10:50 | 4852810 Flakmeister
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Did a man claiming to be a Rabbi fondle you or some such when you were a child? You clearly seem hung up on the Jew thing.

Moreover, given that you claim to be a banker, the irony is palpable to say the least...

Fri, 06/13/2014 - 11:34 | 4853052 Colonel Klink
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Nope, I just like to continue to lampoon the obvious players in the game.  No need to claim to be a rabbi to fondle someone, happens every day by real ones.  Same with Catholic priests too.

I never did a corrupt thing in my entire career and actually resigned from one position after witnessing fraud. As for your statement, GO FUCK YOURSELF Felchmeister!  You're nothing but a grade B cunt in my book.

 

Fri, 06/13/2014 - 11:58 | 4853234 Flakmeister
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Awww....

In my book, cunts are people that incite hate by blaming a given ethnic demographic for the woes of the world while ignoring the fact the the group is actually a small fraction of the group of people responsible...

In other words, the term Cunt fits you to a tee...

Look in the mirror, you hate filled bag of shit...

Fri, 06/13/2014 - 12:29 | 4853321 Colonel Klink
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Yep you keep trying to tell yourself and others that, jew shill.  Cunt is reseved for those robbing and pillaging others for their own enrichment, as well as those who defend them.  Sure, let's look at small fraction of populations and their direct NEGATIVE impact on a majority of people.  Who controls Wall street, who controls the media, who controls entertainment, who controls many leading positions in government, who controls much of the MIC.  Small fractions of the small fraction.  The conspiracy of which we cannot speak.

Only hate I have is reserved for you.  Go die in a fire literally!

EDIT:  Oh and history is on my side with multitudes of woes and wars, caused by the Jews.  Funny how the "poor Jews" who are so "benevolent" keep getting persecuted and kicked out of nations.  They ALWAYS get the UNWARRANTED blame, and when anyone tries to point it out, we're "anti-semetic".  At this point I'll wear the title proudly until I see perp walks and behaviors change.  Alas, I think it will be a LONG time.

Now go ahead, deny the truth and facts.

Fri, 06/13/2014 - 12:32 | 4853497 Flakmeister
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You sound exactly like a bitter little man shortly after Germany lost WW I...

Fri, 06/13/2014 - 12:42 | 4853576 Colonel Klink
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And you sound like the cause of WWI, WWII, and many others.

Good day!

Fri, 06/13/2014 - 13:03 | 4853764 Flakmeister
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No surprise that you are turning tail and running...

 

Fri, 06/13/2014 - 13:45 | 4854059 Colonel Klink
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And no surprise you're full of shit.  Just get tired of arguing with an asshat.

Tried to end the conversation in a civil way but I see that is now not possible.

Fri, 06/13/2014 - 13:49 | 4854087 Tall Tom
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No. You are arguing with a CUNT. Man up Klink.

Fri, 06/13/2014 - 13:57 | 4854120 Colonel Klink
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I stand corrected.

Fri, 06/13/2014 - 16:29 | 4854741 Flakmeister
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As you invariably do in just about every exchange here....

Fri, 06/13/2014 - 19:33 | 4855291 Colonel Klink
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Yep, as the upvotes always indicate.

Fri, 06/13/2014 - 12:58 | 4853713 Tall Tom
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My use of the word, "cunt", generally offends women.

 

Why does it offend you, Flakmeister?

Fri, 06/13/2014 - 13:00 | 4853743 Flakmeister
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It does not offend me in the least...

In fact, someone should slip a cunt over your head and fuck some sense into you...

Fri, 06/13/2014 - 13:05 | 4853777 Tall Tom
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Your response to Klink demonstrates that you were offended.

 

Being a lying cunt does not exactly help.

 

When you have dug yourself into a hole, a cunt, sometimes it is best to stop digging, don't you think?

Fri, 06/13/2014 - 13:49 | 4854072 Colonel Klink
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Cockmeister never gives up.  Even when he's been proven wrong with fact.  Another trait of a cunt.

Fri, 06/13/2014 - 13:54 | 4854105 Tall Tom
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If it smells like a cunt and it looks like a cunt and it reads as a cunt then I am certain that it is not a cock. Read what I wrote before carefully. You will get it.

Fri, 06/13/2014 - 14:25 | 4854266 Flakmeister
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I am only repulsed by his blantant anti-semitic rhetoric. Reasonably well adjusted people don't talk like that...

He sounds like a SS guy trying to rouse his Einsatzgruppen for the next day at the office...

Fri, 06/13/2014 - 10:21 | 4852712 insanelysane
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During the govmint shut down last November the MSM showed a poor WIC recipient every night just wondering how they were going to buy crack feed their baby.

Fri, 06/13/2014 - 10:26 | 4852731 asking4it2k
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dat be rassis

Fri, 06/13/2014 - 10:34 | 4852755 Seasmoke
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JPM is going to be pissed !!!

Fri, 06/13/2014 - 10:34 | 4852756 Bemused Observer
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Keep in mind that this fraud was perpetrated by people who HAD money...they conspired to open grocery stores to launder these food stamps. That is NOT something 'the poor' can do.

And yet, there will be all the usual calls for cutting the program even further, which will of course primarily affect those who NEED the assistance. Because you see, the scammers, being people of SOME means, will just go on to the next 'game'. And somebody's kids, who did NOTHING wrong, will have even less to eat.

Of course people will walk away with a 'feel good' for sticking it to somebody. The fact that it will be the WRONG somebody is irrelevant. SOMEBODY will burn for the 'sin'...and THAT'S all that matters.

Fri, 06/13/2014 - 10:56 | 4852826 riphowardkatz
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except you dont get it. fraud is an inherent part of any system, the bigger the system the bigger the potential fraud. keep the money locally in much smaller systems and have smaller amounts of fraud. people arent saying dont help those in need. what people are saying is quit making me send my money to washington dc so they can waste tons of it, allow more of it to be stolen and then kick a few cents to the people that need it.

now do you get it? 

Fri, 06/13/2014 - 12:53 | 4853669 Bemused Observer
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Except that's NOT what they're saying, is it? NONE of the comments I've read, here or elsewhere, have said that. What they DO say is to 'kick the bums off welfare'. Not a peep about spending the money PROPERLY...just about not spending it at all.
As if the poor will then simply "go away"...(where? where will they go?)

Fri, 06/13/2014 - 11:54 | 4853197 Dingleberry
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Most that I have seen who "need" put themselves there thru their own irresponsibility.

Hence the 3 generations (and counting) welfare army in liberal cesspools.

Of course you think a mom and her 5 kids by 5 different baby daddies is just an unfortunate accident.

Oh well.....let the human wreckage continue to pile up.

At least you will feel good about your supposed compassion.

 

 

Fri, 06/13/2014 - 10:37 | 4852768 Peter Pan
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Billions and trillions of the defence budget are not accounted for and accounting records are conveniently destroyed at the Pentagon on 911 and here they are trumpeting their puny success against some entrepreneurial crooks.

Fri, 06/13/2014 - 10:47 | 4852802 Dre4dwolf
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I could of solved this problem easily, just get rid of the program, problem solved.

Fri, 06/13/2014 - 10:54 | 4852825 yogibear
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Everyone knows the way to advance is to commit fraud. Corporations as well as the banksters are doing it.

Politicians in Washington are commiting treasonous back room deals with anyone willing to hand them money.

The Fraud and criminal activies keep increasing, everyone's doing it now.

The honest ones are labled as odd-balls or different.

 

 

Fri, 06/13/2014 - 11:02 | 4852876 Max Cynical
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So now we have to pay to prosecute and imprison these losers? If the EBT and WIC programs never existed, they wouldn't have been able to perpetrate this fraud.

Fri, 06/13/2014 - 11:04 | 4852890 Zeohsix
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I'm sure these were the only people involved in defrauding the " soft heads " that abound in government. JPM, BofA and GS wouldn't ever conceive of any plans like these " entrepreneurs " did. No military contractor ever defrauded the government........everyone else is legit! My bullion is also safe in my registered account because I have this depository recipr right here in my hands saying it's there!......

Fri, 06/13/2014 - 11:17 | 4852971 AnAnonymous
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'Americans' farming the poor typical scheme.

Welcome to an 'american' world, it is a cosy place to live in, you'll see.

Fri, 06/13/2014 - 11:24 | 4853012 Bawneee Fwank
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Barack Obama, AKA "Pole Smoker," AKA "Semen Sipper," AKA "Free Shit Army Commander," 52, Washington D.C.

Fri, 06/13/2014 - 11:33 | 4853063 teslaberry
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is this a joke?

jpmorgan gets paid multiples of this '20 million' fraud to administer snap card distributions in many states.

this is a job the federal government can do at almost no cost.

this 'contract' is fraudulent on its face as the privatisation of many ostentibly public functions is nothing but a fraud.

i'm not totally against privatisation, but the question should be , when is something a 'public' function, and when that question is answered, it is the governments sole responsibility to do that job.

the entire 'contracting' branch of federal government is to fraudulently hand out money to do work at many multiples the 'price' that is would 'cost' the government to do.

Fri, 06/13/2014 - 11:34 | 4853070 Surging Chaos
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When the money to fund these programs is done by coercively pointing a gun at taxpayers, it really should come as no surprise they're filled with the kind of waste and fraud that they are.

Now can we FINALLY charge the bankers with the fraud they committed to the American people by selling garbage CDOs that somehow had triple-A ratings?

Paging Eric Hold... oh wait, that's right. Too big to jail.

Fri, 06/13/2014 - 11:43 | 4853121 bam
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isn't this is just price abritrage? they paid a lower price for an asset in one market and sold for a higher price in a different market. 

Fri, 06/13/2014 - 11:44 | 4853129 Cynthia
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Even though Michelle Obama is aggressively campaigning against junk food, she has done absolutely nothing to overturn the Food and Nutrition Act of 2008 (see link below), which added junk foods like greasy potato chips and sugary soft drinks to the list of SNAP benefits. No doubt that the junk-food industry is largely responsible for the obesity problem in the US. And this problem is only getting worse now that Americans on food stamps can purchase junk food for free. If Ms. Obama really and truly wanted to win the war against obesity, particularly childhood obesity, she would be leading an aggressive campaign to remove all of this corporate welfare going to large junk-food manufacturers, as well as large junk-food retailers like Walmart and Target. I don't know exactly how much money the junk-food industry is making off of the food stamp program, but I'm sure it is well into the billions. But Michelle is too much of a Wall Street stooge, just as her husband is, to ever lead a political campaign to take taxpayer dollars away from the junk-food industry. Putting people over profits simply goes against her pro-corporate agenda. In fact, it wouldn't surprise me at all that soon after Barry leaves the White House, Michelle is given a seat in the executive boardroom of Frito-Lay Inc.

http://www.fns.usda.gov/snap/eligible-food-items

Fri, 06/13/2014 - 11:57 | 4853239 Godisanhftbot
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 i was always suspicious of the many bodegas, and other hellhole groceries scattered over the NY area .

 

 they should check there too.

 

 how many shitholes can a street support? some have 2 or 3 on them.

Fri, 06/13/2014 - 12:12 | 4853337 smacker
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This is a mystery. Benefits fraud is reckoned to be a big thing in the UK, but rarely is anyone indicted for it. Why? Because the socialist Labour govt - who always increase the size and cost of the welfare state when they're in office - expect and probably intend that fraud will take place.

This is how they use other peoples' money to buy votes.

Fri, 06/13/2014 - 12:13 | 4853349 kellycriterion
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EVERY SOCIETY IS A COLLECTIVE, PERIOD.

Responsibility and work are divided among individual action, voluntary interactions among individuals, and coercive collective action.

Let's take cleanliness. We can divide that broadly into public health, enlightened self interest business practices, and personal hygiene. For obvious reasons of efficiency individuals are charged with the responsibility of keeping themselves clean. And if they don't? The collective will assert itself and the individuals ability to act will be drastically reduced.

What has this to do with this article? It's all about clarifying what happens when responsibility and work are shifted from the individual to the collective or back. There are inherent problems. And those problems differ from one culture to the next. There are no perfect solutions, only balancing and re-balancing.

The dynamics of individual action and market economics are overwhelming winners in information input and measurement relative to other paradigms it's rather clear they should be employed whenever possible. It's also clear it's not always possible.

This is all really, really simple and intuitive. But somehow for the people in OPM and their junkies it isn't.

Fri, 06/13/2014 - 12:40 | 4853557 NoWayJose
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They were probablyy easy to track because they had two 2008 cars without any liens.  That's an obvious red flag that they are getting illegal money from somewhere.  All 'Real Americans' are supposed to have newer cars with big loan payments...

Fri, 06/13/2014 - 12:57 | 4853706 JuliaS
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This sort of fraud (discount cash instead of service) exists in all forms of insurance, government and private. I have no problem with private insurance cases, because it is each institution's job to keep track of all the funds and investigate procedures where necessary. I do however have problem with government welfare programs where I'm made to be an unwilling participant and a financier in someone else's fraud. Private institutions have greater incentive to prevent fraud, as they are dealing with a limited pool of money where every penny count. Government, on the other hand, deals with nearly unlimited funds and it is often easier for them to simply pass the losses than to address them.

All frauds are bad. Government related ones are more so than any other kind, because they steal money from everyone.

Fri, 06/13/2014 - 12:57 | 4853709 amberwavesofsom...
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Why yall hatin? Nobody got respect for the grind?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TjWAWcx4xdE&feature=kp

Fri, 06/13/2014 - 14:23 | 4854258 Pootie Tang
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  • Ben Bernanke, AKA “ZIRP Dogg,” AKA “The Money Wizard,” 60, Washington, D.C.
Fri, 06/13/2014 - 21:49 | 4855619 Joke Heros
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haha no shit, food stamp small time shit compared to Big Ben

Fri, 06/13/2014 - 15:09 | 4854462 kurt
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The Lesson:

Do not attempt a financial grift if you are in the middle class 'cuz you goin' down! You leave it to the Big Boys, hear?

Fri, 06/13/2014 - 16:36 | 4854768 Emergency Ward
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I love how the Wiccans got that program that excludes men named WIC.

Fri, 06/13/2014 - 21:48 | 4855616 Joke Heros
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Taquilla, Laquise, Ostrando... ive just found new aliases for all my online games

Fri, 06/13/2014 - 22:25 | 4855724 Pie rre
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Maybe these folks just see things as they are.  Ethics have been circaling the drain so is it suprising the level of psycopathy in our society?  Maybe they're on Paxil.

Sat, 06/14/2014 - 01:31 | 4855962 monad
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Bust Chelsea Clinton...

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