Judicial Watch • Case Worker: Illegal Aliens Got Food Stamps by the “Vanload”

Case Worker: Illegal Aliens Got Food Stamps by the “Vanload”

Case Worker: Illegal Aliens Got Food Stamps by the “Vanload”

APRIL 30, 2013

For decades the U.S. government has knowingly given illegal immigrants food stamps, according to a former certification case worker who denounced the costly practice back in the 1980s but was essentially ordered to keep a lid on it.

The retired assistant case manager, Craig McNees, was in charge of vetting food-stamp applicants in north Florida and Indiana in the ’80s and says the program was infested with fraud and corruption that was perpetually ignored by management. “Illegals would come in by the vanload and we were told to give them their stuff,” McNees said. “Management knew very well they were illegal. It was so rampant that some employees would tell their illegal relatives to come get food stamps.”

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McNees contacted Judicial Watch after reading documents obtained by JW from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) detailing how the agency is working with the Mexican government to promote participation by illegal aliens in the U.S. food stamp program. The effort includes a Spanish-language flyer provided to the Mexican Embassy by the USDA ensuring that Mexicans in the U.S. don’t need to declare their immigration status to get financial assistance from Uncle Sam.

The documents ignited outrage considering the nation’s food stamp program has exploded under President Obama, who claims there are too many “food insecure households” in America. To correct the problem the administration has spent millions on ad campaigns promoting food stamps and has rewarded states with multi-million-dollar bonuses for signing up recipients. It’s been quite effective because American taxpayers spent an astounding $80.4 billion on the program in 2012 and a record number of people—46 million and growing—get free groceries from Uncle Sam.

The retired case worker who contacted JW says in the three years he worked in a Sarasota food-stamp office, he found more than 500 cases of fraud but management ignored them all instead pushing a yearly quota. “They just said that if we don’t give out as many as last year, we don’t get our money,” McNees said. “It was crazy, like a three-ring circus; like the inmates were running the asylum.”

Decades later it seems little has changed as Obama promotes the program like there’s no tomorrow. In fact, last summer a federal audit revealed that many who don’t qualify for food stamps receive them under a special “broad-based” eligibility program that disregards income and asset requirements. That means American taxpayers are getting stuck with a multi-million-dollar tab to feed hundreds of thousands who can well afford to feed themselves.

Adding insult to injury, last spring the USDA Inspector General revealed that many food-stamp recipients use their welfare benefit to buy drugs, weapons and other contraband from unscrupulous vendors. Some trade food stamps for reduced amounts of cash, the USDA watchdog told Congress, disclosing that the fraud has cost taxpayers nearly $200 million. None of this surprises McNees, who claims he witnessed so much fraud as a food-stamp case worker that he “could write a book.”

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  • bigmac1952

    You have to understand the whole concept of the Food Stamp Program, it is a “stimulus” program. They don’t care how much waste and fraud there is, in fact, they encourage it. Why? It’s a “stimulus” to our pyramid scheme of an economy. Remember when the govt gave us money and told us to go spend it? Same here. The grocers make money. The economy is boosted. And Illegals get to buy luxury cars and trucks (I’ve seen them too). Only downside is that you and me, the taxpayer is footing the bill. The only thing that has changed in 30 years is now it has gotten bigger and riddled with more fraud. Remember, they don’t care.

  • flexiblesink61

    Where is congress? Take away the government check book until the debt is Zero!!!! Or else when the United States goes into default, it will be too late.

  • bigmac1952

    I wish to thank you for printing what the govt has been hiding about the food stamp program. As one reader said about loading their ill gotten gains into a Cadillac,, i have seen it too, and used to get complaints weekly from concerned citizens about fraud. If taxpayers only knew just how bad this program has been run, it would have been shut down 30 years ago.

  • obaque

    Clearly there are all forms of abuse within both the private and public sector. Can you imagine shop owner taking food stamps as payment for a gun? That is real abuse. Someone gotta pull that guy’s license!

    But put in perspective, fraud costing $200 million in a program of $800 billion? Can you say nat on a bull’s butt?

  • rodmar2

    Just another reason we cannot trust the Federal Government to enforce any immigration LAW. Let alone this huge convoluted AMNESTY Bill.

  • Cannibal

    crmitchell Wed, 05/01/2013 – 9:21AM

    I was recently in line at the supermarket, behind a family of Hispanics, mom, pop, and 4 kids. They had 2 carts, with items eligible for all the assistance in one, the other stuff in the other. They paid for the first carpet with (i think) 3 kinds of assistance documents.

    When pop unloaded the second cart, filled with 2 cases of beer, 4 bottles of wine ($18-20 per bottle, more than I spend per bottle), steaks, shrimp, etc., he pulled out a roll of $100 bills about 3/4″ thick and peeled off two.

    AS they left, the clerk saw my expression and said they see it every day, several times.

    In the parking lot, they were loading all the loot into a brand new Cadillac Escalade, with the dealer’s sticker still on the window.

    …….and it happens every day………..

    Yes it does. There are hundreds of thousands of white trash vermin breeding like rats in their trailer parks courtesy of Uncle Sam.

  • tony777

    I have witnessed these Food Stamp Debit Cards being traded for guns, ammunition and drugs. The Obama administration is destroying this country.

  • EMMA

    This is happening because citizens like you hide behind this post to complain instead of writing letters,send faxes,calling your Senators,Eldermans, you President and making sure they heard you.do not complain if you just sit and do nothing.Today they wered marching on the streets protesting asking for legalization ,equality in health care and benefits like a regular American citizen not afraid of the law never the less YOU! cause you are a bunch of cowards behind a computer screen!.

  • sirspeak

    Last Friday night I was in a Walgreens in downtown Chicago and entered to checkout queue. I motioned a woman who was standing midway in the line to step ahead of me, and as she remained motionless she responded with “Shut the f___ u_, mind your own business, you Sh__,….”, followed by various other obscenities which faded in the distance as I went to the front of the line. She then darted in front of me to one of several cashiers, where she proceeded to buy several packages containing prepared food with an EBT card. I then paid cash and sales tax for the meager contents of my basket.

    I have never taken a dime from any state, local or the federal government but rather just paid each of them enormous amounts in taxes over several decades and will pay much more over several more years. I wouldn’t expect to get any thanks from this wretched woman for my substantial and continuing contributions to her benefit, but I think the very least she could do is ignore me, and not insult me. Is that too much to ask from the takers among us?

  • weber1113

    Anyone who says this is crazy to give illegals that kind of money and support is obviously racist; at least that is what the left would say. Leftists are some of the biggest tightwads I have ever seen, except when it comes to spending someone else’s money.

  • Glacialhills

    Get ready folks, ’cause Uncle Sugar’s gravy train express is about to pull into the final stop, and they are gonna make everyone get off and find alternate transportation. There will be many hitchhikers and highwaymen waiting to jack you all along the next road everyone will have to go down. Good luck fellow travelers.

  • ClowardandPivensWatcher

    Obama is a big preacher of the Cloward and Pivens approach to economics which teaches that to collapse a capitalist society and transform it into a socialist society you need to overload the capitalist society with debt, out of control welfare, food stamps and any and every kind of free benefit to cause the capitalist society to collapse because the citizens cannot keep up with the costs and the taxes.
    Obama has been photographed with Frances Pivens, a communist who teaches this approach and taught Cloward and Pivens in his classes on Community Organizing.

    STOP saying Obama doesnt care. He CARES that American capitalism collapses and that it turn communist. Out of control food stamps is a BIG piece of a multi piece strategy to do this…called Cloward and Pivens. GET EDUCATED!!!

  • bbb_959

    Just about got usa where they want us.

  • crmitchell

    I was recently in line at the supermarket, behind a family of Hispanics, mom, pop, and 4 kids. They had 2 carts, with items eligible for all the assistance in one, the other stuff in the other. They paid for the first carpet with (i think) 3 kinds of assistance documents.

    When pop unloaded the second cart, filled with 2 cases of beer, 4 bottles of wine ($18-20 per bottle, more than I spend per bottle), steaks, shrimp, etc., he pulled out a roll of $100 bills about 3/4″ thick and peeled off two.

    AS they left, the clerk saw my expression and said they see it every day, several times.

    In the parking lot, they were loading all the loot into a brand new Cadillac Escalade, with the dealer’s sticker still on the window.

    …….and it happens every day………..

  • lovepeace

    To those who are on food stamps facing this stigma of using food stamps. There is a product out there called food stamps skins which allow you to personalize your ebt card and can also protect your privacy. Its on www.foodstampscovers.com…

  • JET99999

    someone now claiming this is “not a democrat or republican issue. This has been going on forever.” Sorry but its Democratic governors not GOP governors across the nation that have refused to put into place the E verify program which would have made it impossible for corporations to hire illegals. Instead the jobs magnet continues with most states ignoring the law – so stop acting like both parties are equally at fault here. Ok Bush was no prize on this issue, but Obama is far worse, with Janet Napalitano a total disgrace with her de facto open border policies. It was Democratic senators recently that tried to pass a bill allowing illegals to qualify for Obamacare immediately once any immigration bill was signed, before a Federal Ct did it – which is what will actually happen should any immigration bill pass and assign them alleged “provisional” status.

    So lets not reinvent history.

  • JET99999

    Starting about 20 to 25 years back, I first started to notice at the Supermarket people getting “split orders” usually more basic things in the first order which they would (before EBT cards) use food stamps, but then 90% of the time a 2nd order, with things like Steak, lobster, various other luxuries, apparently when the program was stricter, but the important thing the 2nd half would often be paid for with a cash wad. The parking lot was easily viewable from the store, so you could see the cars they would get into, yes often late model car. So here I am driving this old junker paying for my food, and they’re supposedly too poor to afford food, yet paying cash for luxuries, and driving luxury cars. Today the program is 20 times worse, as I know it was originally intended to help working people, but today you got cash economy types who are taking the food stamps, and will soon all qualify (as they show no income) for free 100% subsidies under Obamacare. The USA is headed for bankruptcy and Obama doesn’t even care.

  • penst8

    Does this surprise anyone? This is not a democrat or republican issue. This has been going on forever. Both sides will argue that we need illegals to “do the jobs Americans won’t do” while we gladly give them free medical care, housing and food subsidies, and free educations. You have to pay out of state tuition for your kids. Illegals can send their kids to any school in the country thanks to the dream act. I’m not sure when this got so out of hand but it needs to stop.