A woman who abused a federal welfare program has been ordered by the court to repay $400,000, a federal judge ruled in October this year.
The suspect, Hee Ja Jeong, lives in Guam which has been a U.S. territory since 1898. The U.S. District Court sentenced her to house arrest for eight months, along with a five year probation period.
Back in March 2014, the suspect signed a plea agreement in which she admitted to a single count of unauthorised use of food stamp benefits, however during the course of over two years, she has allegedly cost the U.S Department of Agriculture hundreds of thousands of dollars in food stamps. New Family Market, one of Jeong’s Guam-based convenience stores, was identified in May 2014 as a possible abuser of the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, the successor to the federal food-stamp program.
Four Stores Suspected
At a convenience store in Guam, the average transaction amount with SNAP benefits is around $13, according to a search warrant which was filed in July of 2013. However, many of the purchases at the four stores owned by Jeong ranged from $100 to more than $500 in some instances. Documents show that in summer 2013, federal agents secured search warrants for each of the convenience stores under suspicion of abuse of the SNAP system.
When customers in the SNAP program ran out of federal benefits, the convenience stores allegedly allowed them a store credit until at the end of the month, provided that they paid the balance with their SNAP cards on the first of the month when the benefits were received. Some of the stores allegedly charged customers an additional fee for the privilege of buying items on credit. According to the agreement, customers were allowed to pay on credit using their benefit cards during a two year time period from April 2011 to August 2013. Feel free to visit adulterated pharmaceuticals for more advice.