Fraud: Black, white and gray. Which is it?
After reading Ihartu's post about public assistance I started wondering if this situation I recently became aware of is ethical, or if it might be considered fraud.
I know of a single mom who is on PA and she also receives FS. She works her butt off to provide for her kids. She has been baking treats like cookies, cakes etc. for other people for some time. I can't be sure that she isn't using her FS to purchase the ingredients, I also can't be sure if she is claiming any profit on her taxes. I assume that she doesn't.
I know of a lot of people who buy her baked goodies and order them regularly. I can appreciate her situation and I certainly appreciate her efforts to do anything she can to make money to support her children.
Some people say that fraud is fraud. If she is using her FS to purchase items to sell and make money for her family is it still fraud? Is it one of those gray areas?