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Fox 'News' Favorite Diner Owner Busted For Welfare Fraud

An obnoxious, Obama-hating Syracuse, NY diner owner was defrauding the welfare system he denigrated. Shocked?

The American Diner is a restaurant in Liverpool New York, just outside of Syracuse, who caught the eye of the Obama-haters at Fox 'News' this past March. Here's how Fox News' sanctimonious prevaricator, Todd Starnes, describes the diner and its owner.

The “American Diner” in Liverpool, N.Y., may be the most politically incorrect diner in the Empire State – and possibly the nation.

The “American Diner” is a gun-toting, beef-eating, Constitution-loving establishment owned by Michael Tassone.

Mr. Tassone is a no-nonsense God & Country fellow who takes pride in Old Glory and his signature “Animal Burger” – made from 24 ounces of “American Love.”

“We talk religions and politics and we encourage people to carry their guns,” Mr. Tassone told me. “The Second Amendment protects all the rest of them.”

Guess what?

Like the entire Tea Party itself, Tassone too is a fraudulent ruse.

Government-hating Michael Tassone was just convicted of Medicaid fraud.

Tassone became a Fox News celebrity several months ago because of his menu, which offers customers dishes such as “The Anti-Michelle Obama Don’t Tell Me What To Eat Or Feed My Kids Burger.” There’s also a breakfast choice called the “Dictator Obama/NYS Special (King Cuomo).” ... The inside of the restaurant is adorned with anti-Obama and Tea Party photos and other politically themed decorations.

The case actually goes back to 2011. Tassone and his wife were arrested and charged with welfare and Medicaid fraud for understating their income on application forms. The couple was accused of accepting over $25,000 in Medicaid benefits to which they were not entitled, between May of 2009 and April 2011. It has taken five years to resolve because the Tassones were given the opportunity to make restitution. After paying the Onondaga County Social Services Department over $23,000, Tassone was allowed to plead guilty to a misdemeanor charge of “offering a false instrument for filing,” and given a one-year “conditional discharge.” A felony charge of welfare fraud was dropped because Tassone had paid back most of the money he was accused of receiving.


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Essentially, Tassone is another duplicitous right-winger who lives according to the Teabagger Bible by openly expressing hate for the government, promoting unhealthy eating, heaping praise on mass gun-proliferation, and of course, pretending to be a 'good Christian.'

If you've ever been to Upstate New York, it is much like any rural area that seems to favor conservative policies that harm those who vote against their own best interests. Tassone is a typical hypocritical con artist who aligns himself with anti-government hate groups while lying to get government benefits. Paying back the taxpayer money you bilked kept you out of jail, but "Keep the Government hands off my Medicaid," right Michael?

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