WIC FRAUD: Reselling Of Food Items
Some Iowans getting help through the Women Infants and Children nutrition program are abusing the system.
The Iowa Department of Public Health says some WIC users are getting supplies and then selling them illegally online. Department workers say they’ve seen ads on Craigslist selling food and baby formula.
Taylor Fishel is just one of the more than 62,000 Iowans who depend on this program. She says what people are doing is upsetting.
“If there’s people who already have it and they’re still selling it. Getting money for other things. Then we’re stuck. Yeah, thanks,” says Fishel.
The Iowa Department of Public Health says it’s not sure whether sellers bought the items using the WIC program or their own money.
Police say those who are caught re-selling WIC supplies could go to jail.