Food Stamp Fraud Convict Had Plastic Surgery and Souped-Up Car

Paul McMahon, Sun Sentinel, September 14, 2012

During the time that Brenda Charlestain committed nearly $24,000 worth of food stamp fraud, prosecutors said she spent money on plastic surgery, an expensive car stereo system and a bright pink custom paint job for her 2008 Dodge Charger.

Brenda Charlestain testified Thursday that the $9,187 worth of cosmetic enhancements, the $1,100 sound system and the other splurges were all gifts from men she met working as a dancer at adult entertainment clubs in West Palm Beach and Miami.

Charlestain, 28, of Greenacres, claimed she was homeless and out of work when she applied for food stamps to feed herself and her five children, prosecutors said. She received $900 to $1,100 worth of aid per month between March 2010 and June 2012, court records show.

She later admitted that during some of that time she made more than $85,000 a year working only for tips. She also paid more than $1,200 in monthly rent payments and $326 a month in car payments.

Earlier this year, Charlestain pleaded guilty to federal charges of food stamp fraud and providing a firearm to a convicted felon her husband Josny Charlestain.

On Thursday in federal court in Fort Lauderdale, U.S. District Judge William Zloch sentenced Brenda Charlestain to 1 1/2 years in federal prison. She has to surrender by Nov. 30 and must eventually repay the $23,965 worth of food stamps she received.

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  • Dan

    I would bet the majority of people on food stamps these days are scamming the system in one form or another. They often look on the rest of us, who work for a living, as suckers.  

    • When diversity hit may neighborhood a few years back, we got ourselves a black man who stands on the corner, sun, rain or snow,  drinking large cans of beer out of a brown bag. I see him in the morning on my way to work and again when I’m coming home.

      When I was waiting for the bus to come home one day after work, I saw him leaving the county social services building. Maybe he has a night job I don’t know about but I suspect he’s milking the system. 

  • http://www.trbimg.com/img-504e6949/turbine/sfl-brenda-charlestain-20120910/600

    Wait wait wait wait wait. She made $85,000/yr dancing nude for tips?! I think she was dancing on that planet Charleton Heston visited.

    • CoweringCoward

       Dancer huh? I see, first she kicked the left leg, and then she kicked the right, and between the two she made a living. That 85K probably came from other gov aid to the scum bags who then  lavished it on old Brenda for her “services”.

  • Up to my neck in CA

    “She applied for Food Stamps to feed herself and her FIVE children.”

    “..she spent money on plastic surgery, an expensive car stereo system and a bright pink custom paint job for her 2008 Dodge Charger.”

    She sure sounds like a concerned Mother to me, after all my Mom spent our lunch money on a new Coach purse….sarcasm off.

  • IstvanIN

    What most people do not realize is that the regulations that determine SNAP (the new name for FS) have been greatly loosened.  In addition the income limits have been increased substantially.  Another interesting point is that the primary purpose of the FS program is price supports.  The original idea was to increase food purchases under the guise of a public welfare program.  There should no public assistance for anyone between the ages of 18 and 60.  Under 18: for orphans only. 

    • 1Forced_Registration

       It depends on where you are at what those limits are. In Missouri the limit for an individual is $2000 in assets, and they count everything in that $2000. Fraud still exists in our system, but it is usually only the worst types: identity theft, and people who desperately need it selling off their cards to get money to buy drugs.

  • Born_In_The_Pineywoods

    She needs her money back from that plastic surgery.

  • Ulick

    “her five children”

    She’s a stripper (and likely prostitute given the amount of “gifts” she said she received) who defrauds the government and provides her felon husband with illegal guns.

    There’s a 99.9% chance that all five of those children will be a blight to America.

    • IstvanIN

      There’s a 99.9% chance that all five of those children will be a blight to America.
      They already are.

  • jedsrael

    The most troubling aspect of this story is not that we’re obvious racist for worrying about fraud and abuse of a govt. program that helps blacks- it’s that this Diversity straightens her kinky wool to imitate hair.  That’s offensive to Europeans.

  • Defiant White

    Obviously she didn’t have ENOUGH plastic surgery.  As for those “tips” . . . when did they start calling THAT tips?

    Yeah, anyone can get food stamps as long as they are a protected class.  A PC is anything besides a white male, 18-64. 

    • IstvanIN

       We don’t know what she looked like before the plastic surgery.  shudder

    • Up to my neck in CA

      You forgot the word straight between a and White.

  • What plastic surgery – look at her face!!!! Must have gotten one of those ghetto booty injections.
    Was recently tailgating at a NASCAR race with a guy who is a bail bondsman. He was telling me that he spent a lot of time going into section 8 housing looking for guys who had missed court. Per him, most of the section 8 folks had nice furniture, late model electronics and cars, while supposedly needing public assistance to “survive”.

  • Puggg

    So, she was a straw purchaser of guns, along with all her other curiosities?

    The caption underneath her mug in the original article is hilarious:


    Brenda Charlestain, 28, of Greenacres, was accused of making a threat
    against a federal employee during a recorded phone call her husband made
    from the Broward County Jail. Charlestain said she was actually
    discussing how to clear a Voodoo curse from her husband.

    Maybe the “federal employee” in question is also the type that believes in voodoo curses.

  • Dr. Möbias

    Ok, that’s obviously the “before” photo, where’s the “after” photo?

  • Welfare fraud and voter fraud don’t exist because no one has the political courage to fully investigate the fraud. I have no doubt that if there was any oversight or investigating being done, the fraud would be exposed.

    As a lark, I once was online filling out a NY state food stamp application. A page came up saying ‘if you are an illegal immigrant, you can’t receive food stamps’. I clicked on the ‘I’m an illegal immigrant’ button and it allowed me to proceed.

    I didn’t submit the form of course because I was only testing the system. My point is that when I clicked the ‘I’m an illegal immigrant’ button, it should have stopped the process.

    Since I didn’t submit the form, I don’t know if they would eventually have been rejected the claim but the online application process did allow me to continue.

    I suspect that even if the application was ultimately rejected, an illegal immigrant would likely receive a follow up notice informing them of other options or referring them to other agencies. 

    After all, who is going to report fraud, the people benefiting from the fraud?

  • JackKrak

    Reason # 452,674 why I just assume that anyone on food stamps or any other kind of public assistance (and I include social security disability in that) is lying to get it.

    And please, don’t tell me that thousands of people legitimately need it & qualify for it – I know. It’s just that cases like this are outrageous enough and numerous enough to make you wonder why the government doesn’t just do away with the pretense of examining “need” and just start giving out $20’s from the back of an open van by the fistfull.

  • The__Bobster

    Nine hours have passed and not a single reader has “liked” your comments. Gee, I wonder why.

  • Nate Higgers

    Food stamp fraud, you say? Food stamp president, you say? Hmmm…. There may be a connection, other than the fact that they’re both some highly worthless n1ggers.

  • welfare queens driving welfare cadillacs… liberals say it’s a dirty racist lie.  it’s dirty, its racial, and it’s true.