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    Rhode Island: Store Owner Admits to Million Dollar Food Stamp Fraud Scheme

    Rhode Island: Convenience Store Owner Admits to Million Dollar Food Stamp Fraud Scheme

    Posted on June 7, 2016 by creeping

    Source: Convenience Store Owner Admits to Million Dollar Food Stamp Fraud Scheme | USAO-RI | Department of Justice

    PROVIDENCE, R.I. – Sami Almuhtaseb, 45, of Smithfield, R.I., owner of Oasis Market, a convenience store located in Providence, pleaded guilty in federal court on Friday to defrauding the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) of more than $1.1 million dollars. Almuhtaseb admitted to the court that he allowed SNAP recipients to exchange food stamp benefits for cash, in return charging them a surcharge of 100% which he pocketed.

    According to information presented to the court, between November 2009 and December 2015, the defendant’s store redeemed $2,755,125 in SNAP benefits. Over $1,259,320.99 or 45% of the food stamp transactions were for transactions of $100 or more. Over 72% of the SNAP transactions at the store were from transactions in excess of $50. Legitimate SNAP transactions at a convenience store rarely involve a transaction of $50 or more.

    According to court documents, at least $1.1 million dollars worth of the SNAP funds received by Almuhtaseb were the result of fraudulent transactions. These fraudulently obtained funds were deposited into two bank accounts controlled by Almuhtaseb. The defendant withdrew over $770,000 in cash or checks payable to himself from these two accounts. An analysis of bank records revealed that the Almuhtaseb also withdrew over $40,000 of cash from one of the accounts at ATMs located at casinos.

    Appearing before U.S. District Court Chief Judge William E. Smith, Sami Almuhtaseb pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program fraud and to money laundering.

    He is scheduled to be sentenced on July 22, 2016.
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    Sami Almuhtaseb? That's a good Scots Irish name right?
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    There are hundreds more criminals on the other side of the transaction that should (but never will) see the inside of a jail cell.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Slayer98_l View Post
    There are hundreds more criminals on the other side of the transaction that should (but never will) see the inside of a jail cell.
    Make that on both sides. Those who issue the SNAP benefits and those who used the SNAP benefits.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dr. Felix Birdbiter View Post
    Sami Almuhtaseb? That's a good Scots Irish name right?
    Maybe not Scots/Irish but definitely the new U.K.
    As an aside to this story, do you recall all the Salvation Army scams from the '50's? Or how 'bout where the church suppers providers were stealing from the food banks? I also don't ever recall hearing about hospitals stealing from the Charity Wards and the black tie fund raisers that supported them.
    Yep real progress through legislation

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dr. Felix Birdbiter View Post
    Sami Almuhtaseb? That's a good Scots Irish name right?







    Your Funny. ( Wink )



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    Quote Originally Posted by Dr. Felix Birdbiter View Post
    Sami Almuhtaseb? That's a good Scots Irish name right?


    Almuhtaseb - Names Encyclopedia




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