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June 10, 2011

Food Stamp Entrepreneur Gets Cuffed

Posted by Dave Blount at June 10, 2011 7:25 AM

Remember this?

food stamp receipt

Trolls barked that it's a photoshop. But now we have the story behind it:

Buying $141.78 worth of lobster, steak and Mountain Dew with a Bridge card violates no laws or rules.
But turning around and selling the stuff for 50 percent of its value, well … that's a different matter.
Louis Wayne Cuff, a 33-year-old Menominee man was arraigned in 95th District Court in Menominee last week for food stamp trafficking, a felony. Cuff's arrest resulted from a month-long joint investigation by the State Department of Human Services' Inspector General and the Menominee County Sheriff's Department. Cuff allegedly bought the lobster, steak and Mountain Dew and resold it for 50 cents on the dollar.
It began with a receipt allegedly found in the parking lot of Angeli's County Market, in the Upper Peninsula town of Menominee.

Note that the crime was not blowing taxpayer money on frivolous luxuries, but trying to make a profit on it. Capitalism is how people naturally interact economically. Government cannot suppress capitalist behavior entirely, but can only pervert it.

The real criminals are the politicians who allowed Cuff to spend other people's money on steak and lobster.

On a tip from Michelle.