Not all welfare recipients live high on the hog, but there are so many loopholes in how welfare works and how welfare recipients are looked at by Leftist bureaucrats that the abuses are in the billions. We’ve just learned that families on food stamps (E.B.T.) can now buy fresh crab legs. Most working Americans who are on a budget consider a crab fest a luxury. The food stamp program was designed to help families with the necessities. You can’t buy anything you want with food stamps.
When my oldest son worked at a grocery store, he was indignant when a woman came through the checkout line with foods that were not permitted to be purchased with food stamps. She protested to the manager. He let it pass.
Now we learn that a Seattle, Washington, woman who is receiving welfare assistance from the state also lives in a waterfront house on Lake Washington worth more than a million dollars. Again, not all welfare recipients are living in the lap of luxury, but I can assure you that welfare fraud is rampant. Here’s the whole story:
Federal agents raided the home this weekend but have not released the woman or her husband’s name because they have not officially been charged with a crime.
However, federal documents obtained by KING 5 News show the couple currently receives more than $1,200 a month in public housing vouchers, plus state and government disability checks and food stamps. They have been receiving the benefits since 2003.
The 2,500 square-foot home, which includes gardens and a boat dock, is valued at $1.2 million. And even though the couple has been receiving the benefits for nearly 10 years, records show that they accurately listed the address of their current home when applying for the state and federal benefits.
A federal official told KING 5 that the couple likely took advantage of a loophole, which allows low-income individuals to receive financial assistance to help them pay their rent and move away from housing projects. However, the law does not require officials to verify what type of home the benefits recipient is living in.
As if the million dollar home weren’t enough, the supposedly low-income couple also gave money to various charities and traveled around the world to locales in Turkey, Tel Aviv and resort towns in Mexico, according to court records.