According to the FBI, many of the defendants canvassed lower-income neighborhoods offering to pay cash for WIC and food stamp benefits.
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More than 50 people have been indicted in Georgia for what is likely to be one of, if not the, largest welfare fraud rings ever uncovered. Over $18 million in WIC and SNAP benefits were exchanged for cash at a variety of stores throughout the state.
A federal grand jury in Savannah on Tuesday indicted 54 people in what it called “one of the largest federal food program frauds ever prosecuted.”
The ring purchased more than $18 million in WIC vouchers and food-stamp benefits through stores setup throughout Georgia specifically for that purpose, according to a news release.