(KMOV) – Buying steak and lobster with food stamps isn’t against the law, but reselling those items for fifty cents on the dollar is.
Louis Wayne Cuff of Michigan is accused of using Michigan food stamps to purchase those expensive items and then selling them for half price.
Someone found his receipt in the parking lot that showed $141 worth of Mountain Dew, Porterhouse steaks and lobster, then turned the receipt over to state officials who opened up an investigation.
The Missouri Department of Social Services and the Illinois Department of Human Services could not find any similar cases on record. However, Illinois says it has completed 183 investigations into alleged fraud involving state benefits in 2011. It has led to 11 convictions.
To report food stamp fraud in Missouri:
1 877 770 8055
To report food stamp fraud in Illinois
1 800 368 1463