Special Report Grapevine: Hershey vs. Hershey
Food Stamp Fraud: The FBI has broken up what it calls one of the largest food stamp frauds ever. 54 individuals are charged with defrauding tax-payer funded welfare programs of more than $18 million. The individuals set up grocery stores which were approved as official vendors. The stores facilitated the illegal trading of cash for the benefits meant only for food. The US is attempting to seize $20 million dollars in bank accounts and assets. The FBI Special Agent in charge says rooting out fraud is paramount--
"The families and their children who truly need and rely on these programs count on that law enforcement protection and the taxpayers demand it."
An UBER back-fire: This week taxi drivers in some of Europe's largest cities took their feet off the gas and clogged traffic in protest of Uber-- an American owned car service. The protest back-fired big time. With the help of a full page newspaper coupon Uber's App registration skyrocketed 850% --the most since the company lunched in London two years ago. The car service is also under pressure here in the US, including being issued a Cease and Desist order in Virginia. Uber has ignored the request, calling it shocking.
Hershey vs. Hershey: One is a state senator and the other is an international chocolate company. Stephen Hershey is running for re-election and is being sued for his campaign sign. The sweets company claims the sign is too close to its classic chocolate bar and could give the impression that the company supports the state senator.
Hershey calls the lawsuit a reach against his freedom of speech saying people are not confused into thinking he is selling food products. The battle between Hersheys dates back to a 2002 county commissioner campaign.