Liquor Store Exchanges Booze, Porn, and Viagra For Food Stamps

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Detroit (AP)  Viagra and pornography are not staples on the government’s food stamp list. But authorities say a Detroit liquor store supplied them during a series of illegal deals. Federal prosecutors filed fraud charges this week against three people who worked at Jefferson’s Liquor Palace.  The alleged scheme worked this way: Food stamp recipients would get cash from the store in exchange for swiping larger amounts off their electronic cards. The store would then be reimbursed by the U.S. Agriculture Department.  And in some transactions, the government says the store provided informants Viagra, liquor and porn in exchange for swiping about $2,000 off food stamp cards.

 

What else would you expect at a Liquor Palace?  As far as I know palaces are the places to aquire these kind of things.  You can’t just walk into any old neighborhood bodega and stock up.  Plus as far as genius ideas go, the food stamp for debauchery exchange is right up there.  But like any criminal endeavor that goes awry these guys got greedy.  Two thousand for some malt liquor and spank rags is pushing the envelope.  Rule #1 is you don’t want to draw any undo attention to yourselves and when you’re trying to convince the government that you are dispensing two grand in food you better be stocking beluga caviar and kobe beef, but something tells me Jefferson’s Liquor Palace most likely only supplied diapers and funyuns.

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