From the Daily News:
A pair of corrupt city bureaucrats ripped off more than $2 million in food stamps and public assistance over the last five years — even using stolen benefits to buy Red Bull in bulk and resell it, the city Department of Investigation announced Tuesday.
Two Human Resources Administration workers and 11 co-conspirators were arrested early Tuesday and charged with recruiting dozens of welfare recipients and others to game the system out of millions of taxpayer dollars between 2008 and 2013.
Cherrise Watson-Jackson, 44, an HRA supervisor, allegedly created fake electronic benefit transfer cards to generate $120,000, which was used to buy cases of Red Bull from BJ's Wholesale Club, according to charges filed in Manhattan federal court.
Watson-Jackson and her crew then resold the high-octane drink to small local grocery stores and split the proceeds, DOI alleged.
Another HRA employee, Petronila Peralta, 51, was caught allegedly generating more than $600,000 in bogus cash assistance benefits to 140 individuals between 2008 and 2011.
Peralta even paid recruiters to give welfare recipients cash to use their account information to generate fraudulent benefits, DOI said.