Phyllis Tyler, 49, of Edgewood, Kentucky was on trial for defrauding the food stamp program out of nearly $410,000. She was using her business to buy food stamp benefits at 50 cents on the dollar. It is of course illegal to buy or sell food stamp benefits. But usually these cases end up with a slap on the wrist and some amount of reimbursement.
Not this time. Tyler has been sentenced to serve 66 months in prison and must serve 85% of the sentence before being eligible for parole. She will have to serve an additional three years of probation upon release.
From Breitbart News:
Prosecutors say Tyler purchased food stamp EBT cards from beneficiaries, giving them half the value of what the EBT cards were worth and used the EBT cards to purchase items from the store between January 2, 2012, until June 26, 2015.
Each purchase she made using the EBT cards from her store got reimbursed by the federal government. Under federal regulations, the government gives authorized food stamp retailers money for each purchase made with EBT cards.
Investigators say that the government money went to Tyler’s business bank account. She also purchased EBT cards for cash at other retailers, using the benefits to buy items to add to the store’s inventory or for personal use.
Tyler’s food stamp fraud totaled $408,979.76, and she laundered more than $10,000 that she obtained through food stamp fraud through a financial institution on four separate occasions, according to investigators.
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What I’d like to know is, “Are the prosecutors going to go after those who sold the EBT cars and food stamp benefits?” It seems it would be simple enough. Just check the reimbursements she received from welfare and food stamps and see who used every penny of their benefits in one shot. Problem solved.
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