Welfare abuse has been an ongoing issue that is becoming more and more serious. As of July 2014 the U.S. Department of Commerce reported that welfare is currently costing Americans $131.9 billion (not including food stamps OR unemployment). Food stamps cost roughly $46.4 million a year. How much of that is fraud is not clear, but what is obvious is that the system is broken.
Recently a Muslim food stamp crime ring was broken up in Grand Rapids, MI. Three brothers Emad Khalil Karaein, Jawad Khalil-Ahmad Karaein, and Khader Khalil Karaein have plead guilty to welfare fraud. The brothers ran the Middle Eastern Market where they not only sold food, but also ran their crime ring. They plead guilty to fraud as a way to protect two other brothers that were also suspected of being involved with the scam that cost taxpayers $736,000 from EBT and $544,000 from WIC over the course of nine years.