Posts By: Kristina Ribali

Posted by & filed under Foster Care Reform.

When you go to Wendy’s,  you probably have little more on your mind than squelching your hunger with a delicious burger and a frosty. It's even highly likely that unless you're a mom taking your kids for a bite you're not even thinking much about children, but Wendy's wants to change that. Dave Thomas, the founder of Wendy's was adopted...[ read more ]

Posted by & filed under Maine, Welfare Reform.

According to reports, the results of Maine’s new work requirements for food stamp benefits have paid immediate dividends. These results go a long way to proving that common sense requirements of personal responsibility can reduce dependence on the government. The Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) tells the AP that the number of people in Maine on the Supplemental...[ read more ]

Posted by & filed under Stop The Scam.

Fraud of state welfare programs including Medicaid and food stamps is far too common, and today we released a report documenting cases of abuse and how state legislators can stop it. Let's take a look at just a few of the many egregious cases where taxpayers are on the hook for millions of dollars in welfare scams. Just last year...[ read more ]

Posted by & filed under Stop The Scam, Wisconsin.

On March 24, police in Whitefish Bay, WI executed a search warrant to seize evidence of public assistance fraud at a home worth hundreds of thousands of dollars. According to local reports, Mary Jo Carini-Gallagher and Todd Schaller were taken into custody before being released on signature bonds. They are accused of fraudulently obtaining food stamps and Medicaid benefits well...[ read more ]

Posted by & filed under Stop Fraud.

An Illinois man was able to steal nearly $1M from taxpayers, before his elaborate scheme was investigated and stopped. 46 year-old Wael Ghoshesh used more than 3,000 Link (food assistance) cards to buy candy and energy drinks, which he then resold to other stores at a profit. How is it even possible for one man to have access to thousands...[ read more ]

Posted by & filed under Welfare Reform.

The 1996 Congressional overhaul of the federal welfare program was widely viewed as a major bipartisan success. When the Aid to Families with Dependent Children (AFDC) program was terminated in favor of Temporary Assistance to Needy Families (TANF), many important reforms were implemented that allowed states to tailor their welfare programs to produce desired outcomes; such as work requirements and...[ read more ]

Posted by & filed under Stop The Scam.

A new report from the Government Accountability Office shines a light on just how much money the federal government has wasted on Medicare and Medicaid in the last year. The two programs, "made a combined $77.4 billion in improper payments in fiscal 2014," an increase of more than 20 percent from 2013. Medicaid itself made nearly $17.5 billion dollars in...[ read more ]

Posted by & filed under Safe Families.

Foster care reform does not typically rise to the top of a list of traditional “conservative” issues. The left is firmly entrenched in the social work industry, and government has a nearly monopolistic control over child protection, foster care, and adoption. The results of conservative disengagement from these issues are tragic: countless children living without hope of a safe, loving...[ read more ]