Longtime readers know that I’ve had a side interest in food stamp fraud, specifically trafficking in food stamps. This kind of fraud doesn’t involve purchasing unapproved items with food stamps as you might think, but it’s about selling ones benefits for 50 cents on the dollar.
It works like this: customer comes in with benefits, buys some small item, but the cashier rings up a larger amount. Customer walks out with half the cash that was rung up. Clerk submits full amount to government for repayment.
It is called trafficking, and the fraud is huge at mom and pop convenience stores nationwide.
You can see my many previous posts on the topic by clicking here. The vast majority of cases involve immigrant owners/managers of small stores like this one in Maine.
What is different in this Maine case is that the store is a Halal grocery store which says to me that it is very likely that the majority of people participating in the owner’s fraud are people who prefer Halal food.
And, by the way, there have been cases where customers are arrested and also found guilty of taking part in the scheme to defraud the US taxpayer, will there be some here?
From WGME (Hat tip: Frank) $1 MILLION fraud!
PORTLAND (WGME) – A man accused of running a welfare scam out of a Portland halal grocery is pleading guilty.
The market sells meat permissible under Muslim law.
According to federal court documents, Ali Ratib Daham is pleading guilty to federal food stamp and other welfare fraud.
He is also admitting to money laundering and theft from the state’s MaineCare program.
Daham is agreeing to a jail sentence of at least 33 months and will pay more than $1 million in restitution to the government.
In exchange, prosecutors are agreeing to drop dozens of other charges in the case.
The plea deal will be considered in federal district court Tuesday. The guilty plea could cause him to be deported.
They never deport these people, and tell me how is he going to repay $1 million when I’ll bet the money was moved abroad a long time ago.
Here is the pitch I’ve made innumerable times: If you are looking for something to do, start a blog on immigrant welfare fraud. You will have news to post daily and it would be a great service to our country, especially since any real investigative reporters are few and far between.