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    Re: Michigan lotto winner charged with welfare fraud

    Quote Originally Posted by Ikari View Post
    You cannot (and I know they do, but I am so super against this) charge people for "room and board" when you throw them into jail. They're not volunteering for jail, they are being forcibly placed there by the government.
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    Re: Michigan lotto winner charged with welfare fraud

    Out of curiosity did anyone go to prison over the 2008 economic collapse?

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    Re: Michigan lotto winner charged with welfare fraud

    Quote Originally Posted by Ikari View Post
    You cannot (and I know they do, but I am so super against this) charge people for "room and board" when you throw them into jail. They're not volunteering for jail, they are being forcibly placed there by the government.
    I think people who are in prison should be forced to alleviate some of the burden they place on society. Essentially they are volunteering for jail when they choose to break the law. You cant charge them room and board because most of them cant afford to pay and it's wrong to charge only those with means. But you can alleviate that burden in other ways.
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    Re: Michigan lotto winner charged with welfare fraud

    Quote Originally Posted by muciti View Post
    I think people who are in prison should be forced to alleviate some of the burden they place on society. Essentially they are volunteering for jail when they choose to break the law. You cant charge them room and board because most of them cant afford to pay and it's wrong to charge only those with means. But you can alleviate that burden in other ways.
    No. There is not proper justification to use government force to jail people and then charge them for that jail time. It is a benefit to us in society at large to put certain individuals in jail, it is not for their benefit. We use the force of government here, and properly so through the judicial system, but it's still force we're appling for OUR benefit on the aggregate, not for the benefit of the indivdiual.
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    Re: Michigan lotto winner charged with welfare fraud

    Quote Originally Posted by danarhea View Post
    Who does this lady think she is, a bankster? LOL.

    But seriously, here is a woman who won a million bucks in the Michigan Lottery, and chose to continue receiving food stamps. This is ridiculous. I hope they lock her up and throw away the key. And while she is in jail, this bitch needs to pay back the money she stole from the taxpayers. Sorry for calling her a bitch, but IMHO, that's exactly what she is.

    Article is here.

    I thought food stamp eligibility was based on income, not net wealth. She spent all the lottery winnings right off the bat, and still was making no money because she doesn't have a job.
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    Re: Michigan lotto winner charged with welfare fraud

    There was a time in the not-so-distant past, that, if someone were receiving entitlements and came into a large sum? Like WON the lottery?They had to pay it all back. I guess that'd be unAmerican today.

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    Re: Michigan lotto winner charged with welfare fraud

    Sorry to say but the only reason we heard about this is the recipient was white.
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    Re: Michigan lotto winner charged with welfare fraud

    I heard of this person on the news a while ago. She was blatant and entitled about it. The fault lies with both the state for not acting quicker and the woman. She pays or does volunteer work at food pantries or soup kitchens for a great while.

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    Re: Michigan lotto winner charged with welfare fraud

    Quote Originally Posted by Rapunzel52 View Post
    Sorry to say but the only reason we heard about this is the recipient was white.
    Really? You're going to attribute this story entirely to race? You sure?
    Last edited by a351; 04-17-12 at 10:05 PM.

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    Re: Michigan lotto winner charged with welfare fraud

    Quote Originally Posted by Connery View Post
    I heard of this person on the news a while ago. She was blatant and entitled about it. The fault lies with both the state for not acting quicker and the woman. She pays or does volunteer work at food pantries or soup kitchens for a great while.
    Isn't that an acceptable solution though? In that I mean, to me it sounds like the punishment that makes the most sense. She doesn't work, so it's not like you'd be destroying her income. But some good ol' community service and maybe a fine seems very appropriate, IMO. We get something out of it (free social work), maybe recoup a bit of the costs, no one goes to jail. To me I think that would be the best solution for this case.
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