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Thread: Should I turn in my brother for food stamp fraud?

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    Re: Should I turn in my brother for food stamp fraud?

    As the Buddhists would say...sometimes the middle path is best.
    Quote Originally Posted by calamity View Post
    Reports indicate that everyone knew he was hauling a bunch of guns up there. But, since you brought it up, there's something which should be illegal: guns that breakdown.

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    Re: Should I turn in my brother for food stamp fraud?

    Chances are you will see your brother-in-law and his kids less and less as time goes by, so don't sweat it.

    If you really care, just report the store that accepted the card.

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    Re: Should I turn in my brother for food stamp fraud?

    Quote Originally Posted by SMTA View Post
    Blood is thicker than water - family always comes first.

    Always - no questions asked.
    Really, always? So if you found out your brother was raping and murdering children you would keep your mouth shut about it?
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    Re: Should I turn in my brother for food stamp fraud?

    Quote Originally Posted by SgtRock View Post
    Really, always? So if you found out your brother was raping and murdering children you would keep your mouth shut about it?
    And this question is coming from someone stymied by beer and cigarettes?

    How difficult for you.
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    Re: Should I turn in my brother for food stamp fraud?

    Quote Originally Posted by AliHajiSheik View Post
    Chances are you will see your brother-in-law and his kids less and less as time goes by, so don't sweat it.

    If you really care, just report the store that accepted the card.
    This was not my brother in law. He is my brother. My siste, who died also lived in same area
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    Re: Should I turn in my brother for food stamp fraud?

    Quote Originally Posted by SMTA View Post
    And this question is coming from someone stymied by beer and cigarettes?

    How difficult for you.
    You said always not me. Keep in mind my sister just died from lung cancer and my brother and his sons are are starving and using food stamp cards to by cigaretts.
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    Re: Should I turn in my brother for food stamp fraud?

    Quote Originally Posted by SMTA View Post
    Blood is thicker than water - family always comes first.

    Always - no questions asked.
    That's actually not what "blood is thicker than water" means. In fact it actually means the opposite.

    " the full proverb is "The blood of the covenant is thicker than the water of the womb", and refers to relationships formed by choice are deeper than those that are forced by birth."

    Blood is thicker than water - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

    ...and goes back to Roman times (at least) to imply that the blood spilled (and bled) among fellow soldiers is more significant than from whom you were born.

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    Re: Should I turn in my brother for food stamp fraud?

    Quote Originally Posted by KevinKohler View Post
    As the Buddhists would say...sometimes the middle path is best.
    That's a very helpful post. Thank you for contributing that. Not to switch topics midstream or anything, but have you considered a lucrative career in the fortune cookie industry?

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    Re: Should I turn in my brother for food stamp fraud?

    I voted for turning in the store. Whether you should turn your relatives in is really a question only you can answer because only you know all of the relevant facts. I mean, for example, how old are the sons? What is their mental state? Are any of them involved with other illicit activity? Do they already have criminal records? How close are you to them? Assuming they're minors, are there other relative who could care for them? Would it perhaps be to their benefit to have someone else manage their benefits which could happen if you did turn them in? And so forth....

    You might try to get in contact with someone, such as an licensed clinical social worker, who deals with this sort of thing professionally and get some advice. But I'd guess that if the store sold beer and cigs to your relatives they're doing it for others as well. That's probably where the Feds would want to point their investigative efforts in any case, simply because they have limited resources.
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    Re: Should I turn in my brother for food stamp fraud?

    Quote Originally Posted by GottaGo View Post
    After you've cooled down, try and have a calm discussion with your brother. Tell him you didn't mind helping him out with the groceries, but it really bothers you that they would use their Food Stamps card for non-necessities. Tell him how you feel about it, without being judgmental.

    Hopefully, maybe he'll see the light of day about how he's using that card.....

    As to turning him in, well, if the program allows him to use his card for such products he's not actually committing fraud, just showing very poor judgment.
    I did as you suggested before I left to come back home. However the program does not allow the purchase of beer and cigaretts. I love my brother and he is having a difficult time. I have helped him many times over the years. But I will not enable him. He is reaping what he sowed.
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