The more you hear, the more it angers you huh?
Opa-Locka Fruit and Produce Market didn’t just sell fruits and vegetables
Instead, owners Karla Rodriguez-Diaz and Luis Marzo Machado allegedly used their produce market inside the Opa-Locka Hialeah Flea Market to bilk the government out of $2.4 million
While I have literally been trying to make ends meet and put food on the table for my family these people have been stealing, cheating the federal government. I really hope that they get put in jail as it really makes me angry when Americans are working their hardest, every day to get by and you hear a disgusting story like this.
— WSVN 7 News (@wsvn) May 11, 2016
Diaz and Machado were two of 22 people charged in 15 cases Wednesday in “Operation Stampede,” organized to bust business owners and their employees who allowed customers to use their government-issued EBT food stamp card as a means to get cash, in exchange for a cut.
The announcement came just hours after federal and local law enforcement officers, including members of the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office, raided several kiosks at the Opa Locka Hialeah Flea Market.
“This case did originate with a complaint of identity theft that involved an individual who lived in Palm Beach County,” said Jack Heacock with the Florida Division of Public Assistance Fraud.
500 people had their identities stolen in Palm Beach County to be used to get fake Electronic Benefit Transfer cards which were then exchanged for cash at the flea market, WSVN reported.
“It was a joint operation investigating an individual who stole over 500 identities,” said PBSO Public Assistance Fraud Task Force Agent Michael Leatherman.
Federal charges were filed against 22 retail store owners or operators in connection with schemes to illegally redeem food stamp benefits for cash, the Justice Department said.
Indictments allege the retailers received more than $13 million in federal payments.
Another example illegal aliens trying to skirt the law with their template of allowing Americans pay taxes so they can steal it. No immigration reform or immigration moratorium. These people don’t want to come here to be Americans, they come here to steal, rob, and cheat from Americans.
Federal investigators bust the largest food stamp scam in U.S. history!https://t.co/VcM9d0vwXv
— FOX & Friends (@foxandfriends) May 12, 2016
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