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9 charged in $3M dollar food stamp fraud case
WPRI ^ | Sept 5, 2013 | Dan McGowan & Time White

Posted on 09/09/2013 10:04:18 AM PDT by kevcol

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) – Food stamp fraud is a “significant problem” in Rhode Island.

That was the message U.S. Attorney Peter Neronha sent Thursday when he announced that nine people are facing criminal charges for allegedly defrauding the federally funded Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program out of more than $3 million.

During a two-year undercover investigation, Neronha said eight Rhode Island residents and one New York man were found to be illegally allowing food stamp recipients to use their EBT cards to obtain cash in exchange for a large surcharge at five Providence convenience stores.
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Six people were charged by way of indictment, including Mustafa Al Kabouni, 52, Cranston; Mohamad Barbour, 53, North Providence; Mohamad Amir Al Kabouni, 43; Mohamad Eid Al Kabouni, 22, Cranston; Amir Rasheed, 33, Flushing, NY; and Karuna Mehta, 43, North Smithfield.

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TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; Crime/Corruption; News/Current Events; US: Rhode Island
KEYWORDS: bluestates; conspiracy; criminalconspiracy; cultureofcorruption; democratscandals; ebt; foodstamps; fraud; fundingtheleft; islamicimperialism; islaminamerica; lietothekufir; muslimamericans; muslims; organizedcrime; snap; welfarestate
As of July, there were 101,070 households in Rhode Island receiving SNAP benefits, according to the state Department of Health and Human Services

And according to the US Census Bureau, there are 410,475 total households in Rhode island.
1 posted on 09/09/2013 10:04:18 AM PDT by kevcol
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To: kevcol
Mustafa Al Kabouni, 52, Cranston; Mohamad Barbour, 53, North Providence; Mohamad Amir Al Kabouni, 43; Mohamad Eid Al Kabouni, 22, Cranston; Amir Rasheed, 33, Flushing, NY; and Karuna Mehta, 43, North Smithfield.

Damn Methodists!

2 posted on 09/09/2013 10:05:05 AM PDT by dfwgator
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To: kevcol
Welfare fraud audits routinely discover that 40-60% of the money is going to fraudulent payments of one sort or another.
3 posted on 09/09/2013 10:06:34 AM PDT by rdcbn
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To: dfwgator

Amish again?


4 posted on 09/09/2013 10:07:14 AM PDT by F15Eagle (1Jn4:15;5:4-5,11-13;Mt27:50-54;Mk15:33-34;Jn3:17-18,6:69,11:25,14:6,20:31;Ro10:8-11;1Tm2:5-6;Ti3:4-7)
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To: kevcol

“As of July, there were 101,070 households in Rhode Island receiving SNAP benefits,..... And according to the US Census Bureau, there are 410,475 total households in Rhode island.”

But...
But...
The Obama Economy is going GREAT!!!
(And if you dare to think it isn’t, YOU ARE A RACIST!!)


5 posted on 09/09/2013 10:07:29 AM PDT by tcrlaf (Well, it is what the Sheeple voted for....)
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To: kevcol
Food stamp fraud is a “significant problem” in Rhode Island.

And the other "56" 0bama states too.

6 posted on 09/09/2013 10:11:21 AM PDT by from occupied ga (Your government is your most dangerous enemy)
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To: Aaron0617
Syed Shah, a Providence convenience store, was sentenced to six months home confinement and ordered to repay $648,000 prob a dumb question but is there a chance any of the money from these suspects will be payed back or recovered?
7 posted on 09/09/2013 10:13:49 AM PDT by Aaron0617
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To: kevcol
Food stamp fraud is a “significant problem” in Rhode Island.

Oh, SNAP!

8 posted on 09/09/2013 10:14:13 AM PDT by NRA1995 (I'd rather be a living "gun culture" member than a dead anti-gun candy-ass.)
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To: kevcol

So why didn’t they charge the EBT recipients who were illegally using their cards to get cash?


9 posted on 09/09/2013 10:14:56 AM PDT by LambSlave
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To: kevcol

Bread and water for 10 years would be a good sentence (along with restitution of course).

I’d be willing to provide them with a bacon fat spread on Sundays.


10 posted on 09/09/2013 10:15:20 AM PDT by SampleMan (Feral Humans are the refuse of socialism.)
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To: dfwgator
It's a good thing we can count on the Fraud Stamp recipients not to fund terror against us.

"Mustafa Al Kabouni, 52, Cranston; Mohamad Barbour, 53, North Providence; Mohamad Amir Al Kabouni, 43; Mohamad Eid Al Kabouni, 22, Cranston; Amir Rasheed, 33, Flushing, NY; and Karuna Mehta, 43, North Smithfield."

11 posted on 09/09/2013 10:17:12 AM PDT by Uncle Miltie (Are Marines required to salute Al Qaeda yet?)
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To: kevcol
25% of RI on food stamps? And it took two years just to find ONLY nine people who were defrauding the system?

Either the Food Stamp bureaucracy in RI has risk analysis controls so astonishing that top Wall Street firms should be consulting with them....

Or, they need to stop playing penny-ante and look for some bigger fish higher up on the food chain.

12 posted on 09/09/2013 10:21:09 AM PDT by wbill
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To: F15Eagle

Looks like they are Somali and Pakistan muzzies, not Afro-posers.


13 posted on 09/09/2013 10:26:56 AM PDT by tumblindice (America's founding fathers: All armed conservatives.)
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To: tumblindice

That’s what I would have figured, or somewhere from the Middle East.


14 posted on 09/09/2013 10:29:41 AM PDT by F15Eagle (1Jn4:15;5:4-5,11-13;Mt27:50-54;Mk15:33-34;Jn3:17-18,6:69,11:25,14:6,20:31;Ro10:8-11;1Tm2:5-6;Ti3:4-7)
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To: wbill
wbill ~:" Or, they need to stop playing penny-ante and look for some bigger fish higher up on the food chain."

Follow the money .. it has to be going somewhere !
Even if they are laundering the money for someone else .

15 posted on 09/09/2013 10:30:24 AM PDT by Tilted Irish Kilt (Enlightened statesmen will not always be at the helm. -- James Madison)
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To: tumblindice
tumblindice ~:" Looks like they are Somali and Pakistan muzzies, not Afro-posers.

Right ! Afro-posers getelection ballots
and the "Just-US" Dept. won't prosecute the " US " !
Selective Prosecution , selective persuction , selective enforcement .

16 posted on 09/09/2013 10:34:06 AM PDT by Tilted Irish Kilt (Enlightened statesmen will not always be at the helm. -- James Madison)
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To: kevcol
It takes millions to be stolen for the Gov to start paying attention, to that scam.
What about all the smaller ones, and Gov healthcare scams that are happening and will happen.

Our Government has become to big to police itself and needs to be taken down to size
and put into their place. Nobody has the BALLS to do this who currently serve. Maybe a couple.

17 posted on 09/09/2013 10:36:00 AM PDT by MaxMax (If you're not pissed off, you're not paying attention)
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To: kevcol

The rag heads will destroy us using our own government to collapse the economy.

That is the head muslim’s plan (well not really his, he stole it from Cloward & Piven).

Using the C&P strategy, they can destroy us without firing a shot or beheading anyone. That will come after they take over.


18 posted on 09/09/2013 10:36:24 AM PDT by Wurlitzer (Nothing says "ignorance" like Islam! 969)
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To: rdcbn
Welfare fraud audits routinely discover that 40-60% of the money is going to fraudulent payments of one sort or another.

My mom worked at DHS for a number of years. She's more conservative than I am, so it's worth noting that they gave her a caseload of some of the tougher cases.

At any one time, she was carrying 400-600. She used to figure that 75% of them were gaming the system to one degree or another. Problem was that management WANTED clients (more clients = more 'helping' (read: power) = more money). So, there wasn't any interest in stopping the fraud.

Though, she did take real pleasure in catching her clients "double dipping" - collecting benefits AND working. Happened a couple of times a month. It was a no-no even the top brass disapproved of. She said that the double-dipping clients were always so amazed to see her, like she'd never show up at a local retailer, or a grocery store, or a restaurant, etc etc etc. I guess in their little world, she always sat in her office, behind her desk.

She tells the story of one young, naive, smart auditor who used check up on clients by looking in the parking lot for those who were driving Cadillacs, BMWs, Mercedes, etc. He was quickly gotten rid of.

Your tax $$$$ at work.

19 posted on 09/09/2013 10:39:32 AM PDT by wbill
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To: MaxMax
takes millions to be stolen for the Gov to start paying attention

I do some work with an audit firm.

One of the salesweasels told me a story about a company that was taking the government off for millions of dollars. The only reason they were caught was that they got greedy - instead of billing $9,000 for a worthless service, they started billing $996,000, trying to make the big score.

If they had stayed at that 9K per fraud, with a handful of attempts per week, they'd have slipped through the controls, collected millions, and no one would have been the wiser.

How often does this happen, I wonder?

20 posted on 09/09/2013 10:45:33 AM PDT by wbill
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To: wbill

What is in it for the State to aggressively crack down on all fraud? Of course they need to give the people a show trial every now and then, but they don’t really concern themselves with fraud. After all, the more they pay out, the more they can expand their own little departmental fiefdoms. The result is that we pay mour out in EBT money and they get raises for managing more food stamp benefit coordinators.

That’s a win/win to the state union drones....


21 posted on 09/09/2013 11:06:19 AM PDT by CSM (Keeper of the Dave Ramsey Ping list. FReepmail me if you want your beeber stuned.)
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To: CSM

It has been known for years that the economies of the Dem-Run inner-cities are driven almost entirely by handout money.

But, if you note that inconvenient truth, you could be a rassiss!!


22 posted on 09/09/2013 11:09:12 AM PDT by tcrlaf (Well, it is what the Sheeple voted for....)
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To: dfwgator

Hell, at first I thought they were Baptists. But you are correct!


23 posted on 09/09/2013 11:25:52 AM PDT by poobear (Socialism in the minds of the elites, is a con-game for the serfs, nothing more.)
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To: wbill
Around here the big scam is illegal aliens getting welfare under multiple false identities.

I personally have seen people sort through a selection of 5 or 6 EBT cards to make sure they picked the right one to match their ID to but at least $1000.00 worth of goods using 4 different cards at Wal Mart at 12:05 AM the day funds transferred

Outside I noticed they were driving a bright new and shiny 2011 Ford Excursion full size SUV 4X4 totally optioned out with leather interior and expensive high end mag wheels and tires - wearing Sonora, Mexico license plates.

I'd call that the Super Bowl of gaming the system, or at least the Final Four

24 posted on 09/09/2013 11:30:16 AM PDT by rdcbn
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To: kevcol

Explains why there are still “hungry children” in America. A starvation Michelle-Meal for breakfast and lunch, then no snack or dinner because mommy sold the food stamps. No matter what you do, those kids will still be hungry and will grow up mad at “society” for it and gunning for revenge.


25 posted on 09/09/2013 11:53:31 AM PDT by informavoracious (We're being "punished" with Stanley Ann's baby. Obamacare: shovel-ready healthcare.)
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To: kevcol

http://www.justice.gov/usao/ri/news/2013/sept2013/indictments.pdf


26 posted on 09/09/2013 11:54:03 AM PDT by kcvl
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To: kevcol

27 posted on 09/09/2013 11:56:25 AM PDT by kcvl
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To: rdcbn
I'd call that the Super Bowl of gaming the system

No doubt.

Real money is still up the chain of command, though. As I posted earlier, I do some work for an auditing firm. They rarely do any work with the government. Why? With billion dollar budgets at the state level, and trillion dollar budgets at the federal level, certainly there's money there to be found, I thought.

Well, one of the auditors explained it to me. Lets say that an auditor finds a claim (be it a duplicate payment, over payment, or what have you). In order to collect, some head hoo-ha at the government agency being worked with needs to give the audit firm the "OK" to go and get the money. The audit firm collects the money, takes a skim (er, 'commission') and returns the balance to the agency.

For the first 6 months or so in the fiscal year, approvals are easy to get. For the rest of the time, not so much. Because, if the money is collected, then the head hoo-ha must spend the money before the end of the year, or it's trimmed from their budget. Ergo, they don't want to find any extra money that they can't get rid of, and if they have any extra, they just spend it anyway. It's an absolutely illogical and self-defeating position of punishing success and rewarding failure.

With no continuous stream of approvals to collect on (and thus no revenue), many good audit firms are loathe to work gov't contracts. So, we have an uneviable status quo of people screwing up and/or ripping the government off, the people in charge don't care and/or won't do anything, and there's little to no outside supervison of the entire process. Have a thought for that, the next time you read a newspaper article about the pity of it all, government agency so-and-so is losing funding and will need to reduce the amount of blah, blah, blah....

So....$1000 of goods fraudulently obtained, while abhorrent, is peanuts. Especially when you think about the number of government-run schools, and local, county, state, and federal government agencies that there are, all operating under this premise that I've just outlined. :-)

/rant over. I'll step off my soapbox.

28 posted on 09/09/2013 12:07:38 PM PDT by wbill
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To: dfwgator

Put them on their camels and send them home


29 posted on 09/09/2013 12:14:31 PM PDT by artichokegrower
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To: kevcol

This would never have seen the light of day if the store owners would have been paying-off the Democrat party like they were supposed to.


30 posted on 09/09/2013 12:21:47 PM PDT by blueunicorn6 ("A crack shot and a good dancer")
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To: dfwgator

Damn Methodists!....If you are at all familiar with terrorist funding, our government, in many different avenues, funds all activity between the Muzzies, us and Isreal. We are writing our own gravestones (but it will be an anonymous ditch with mass burials).


31 posted on 09/09/2013 12:27:06 PM PDT by Safetgiver ( Islam makes barbarism look genteel.)
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To: kevcol; All

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wq_lhlIn1e0


32 posted on 09/09/2013 12:31:55 PM PDT by Polynikes (What would Walt Kowalski do. In the meantime "GET OFF MY LAWN")
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To: LambSlave
"So why didn’t they charge the EBT recipients who were illegally using their cards to get cash?"

Because of "disparate impact", as Holder calls it, where certain ethnics are dispoportionately affected when the law is enforced.....

33 posted on 09/09/2013 12:35:45 PM PDT by traditional1 (Amerika.....Providing public housing for the Mulatto Messiah)
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To: Tilted Irish Kilt

They are only stealing the money Americans won’t steal


34 posted on 09/09/2013 12:57:57 PM PDT by edzo4 (You call us the 'Party Of No', I call us the resistance.)
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To: rdcbn
Check out this, just posted to FR.

16 million. And that's just what they bothered to find.

35 posted on 09/09/2013 1:03:41 PM PDT by wbill
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