Food stamp fraud has reached a new low: Some rather creative (but not so moral) New Yorkers are selling the food on the Caribbean black market.
For years, it’s not been uncommon to see food stamp recipients shipping their spoils to poor relatives abroad. Now, some people are not only sending food abroad but making a profit while doing so.
Last week, The New York Post discovered two people selling giant blue barrels – which they creatively penned ‘Steal Drums’ – of American welfare food on the streets of Santiago, Dominican Republic. In fact, the welfare black market is quite lucrative these days.
Here’s how it works:
A New York fraudster named Maria-Teresa seemed to have no remorse for using taxpayer money to fund her ‘business’, stating, “It’s a really easy way to make money, and it doesn’t cost me anything.”
Jean, another public-assistance cheat in Santiago, told The Post he has peddled welfare food in Santiago since getting deported from New York in 2010.
A thirtysomething Haitian national, he said his sister in Queens uses her EBT card to purchase food before shipping it to him from Long Island City.
“Every other month, I receive the barrels from my sister in New York City,” he told The Post. “Whatever I don’t need, I sell.
“My sister uses food stamps to buy most of the things she sends me,” Jean added. He says the barrels are filled with cereal, baby formula, juices, olive oil and canned soup.
He said his sister uses Long Island City’s Santiago Cargo Express, where barrels full of food cost $100 to ship to the DR.
When The Post found Jean, he was lugging an empty barrel down the street and hoping to sell it to a friend for $35. Many Dominicans then use the containers to store water for their homes.
So there you go; that’s how YOU the taxpayer are investing in young entrepreneurs overseas. Except that you have zero ownership of the ‘company’, zero control, and zero return on investment. That’s not a very good deal; why did you decide to invest in them again?! Oh wait — you didn’t.