Because of his entitled attitude, this Muslim man felt perfectly okay with himself making money illegally hand over fist for years. What a pathetic piece of crap, he totally had this coming to him. I bet it wasn’t so funny when the cops caught wind of his scam.
The owner of a grocery store was recently sentenced to federal prison for three years and ten months, he was then ordered to fork over $5.2 million to the government for fraudulently stealing food stamps.Hasan F. Ahmed owned a discount food store. Hasan was too greedy to be happy with what he earned at his store so he decided to steal from the taxpayers and make a quick buck. How’d he do it? Easy. He purchased food stamps from people who wanted cash instead of food stamps, and made $5.2 million off it in five years!
“For several years, this defendant misused thousands of dollars’ worth of food stamp benefits every day, enriching himself at the expense of American taxpayers and food stamp recipients,” Vance stated. “The SNAP program provides assistance for those who need help to feed their families. We will not allow criminals to corrupt that program so they can feed their own greed.”
Hyman-Pillot stated that Ahmed intentionally abused the SNAP program and lined his pockets with taxpayer funds. “His actions ultimately reduced the amount of benefits available to families in need of nutrition assistance. IRS-CI and our law enforcement partners will continue to work together and investigate similar schemes. We will trace every penny of illicit proceeds and return the funds to the United States Government.”
Ahmed is a U.S. citizen, but had an interpreter who speaks Bengali at his plea hearing in March. He has a plea agreement with the U.S. Attorney’s Office.
Ahmed was not among the 17 people arrested in the Birmingham area in a sweep last year by law enforcement that was the biggest food stamp fraud investigation in Jefferson County’s history.
According to Ahmed’s plea deal:
Ahmed incorporated Maisha, Inc., doing business as Associated Discount Foods (ADF), in 2005.
From January 2007 through December 2010, midsized, neighborhood grocery store had average monthly SNAP redemptions of $4,196. In January 2011, the store’s redemptions increased significantly to $17,457. By April 2011, the store’s monthly SNAP redemptions surpassed the average monthly redemptions of five other medium sized grocery stores within a fourteen mile radius of the store.
ADF’s redemptions increased dramatically in 2011 because Ahmed began illegally trafficking in SNAP benefits or exchanging SNAP benefits for cash.
For example, Ahmed would accept $65 in SNAP benefits in exchange for $50 in cash. He would retain the additional $15 as profit. Ahmed personally conducted all the SNAP benefit for cash transactions, according to the plea deal. He also allowed customers to purchase ineligible items such as alcohol, paper products, household items, diapers, and toiletries using SNAP EBT benefits, according to the plea deal. For example, on or about May 22, 2014, Ahmed purchased $168 in USDA food stamp benefits from a cooperating witness for $100 in cash and approximately $24 in eligible grocery items and a six pack of beer.
Ahmed also allowed individuals to borrow on credit against their SNAP benefits, according to the plea deal. And he allowed individuals to redeem SNAP benefits that were not in their name. He understood that these transactions violated SNAP regulations and were illegal.
In 2013, ADF’s average monthly SNAP redemptions totaled $195,809. By comparison, similarly sized stores in Alabama had average monthly redemptions totaling $12,099 and the national average totaled $9,567. Moreover, the 2013 average monthly SNAP redemptions for ADF exceeded the 2013 average monthly SNAP redemptions for one large grocery store and four supermarkets within a ten mile radius of the store.
Based on ADF’s total SNAP redemptions and comparison analysis, the Ahmed acquired an estimated $5,243,866 in SNAP benefits from July 2011 through June 2014 in a way that was contrary to law, according to the plea deal.
Yikes, this guy wasn’t very smart. he was also charged with tax evasion, he reported his taxable income was zero in 2013 when it was $210,000 that year. Doesn’t he know not to mess with that crap? It’s money, the one thing Obama and his minions don’t forget about.