It’s interesting when these big busts hit the new because it shows the holes in our system. But my feeling are that these aren’t really the major problems. I think that the major problems are the very small “cheats” done by a massive amount of people. The system is so lowly monitored that it takes huge abuses to trigger someone to investigate, small stuff isn’t even noticed.
For instance I knew someone in government housing & on food snap. She had 3 kids & received the correct amount for 4 people for 30 days. They never checked to see if those kids stayed with her every day, which they didn’t. They lived with their father & only visited mom on the weekend. So 5 days per week, 3 meals per day, 4 weeks in a month, adds up to the government giving her enough for 60 extra meals per month per child. With 3 children that would mean that the government was over giving her 180 meals per month extra. I’m pretty sure that she sold those meals to get extra money. I say that because I saw “hints” of her spending like getting her nails done at $60 per time & wads of cash. That’s just one person & I have to wonder how often that it happens. I suspect that it’s more the “norm” than the exception simply because the government employee’s turn a blind eye to it.