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Nine Baltimore Retailers Arrested for Food Stamp Fraud
Afro ^ | 9/19/13 | Blair Adams

Posted on 09/23/2013 10:06:24 AM PDT by YourAdHere

A federal grand jury indicted nine Baltimore retail storeowners for a food stamp fraud scheme that netted at least $7 million over the last three years.

According to officials, the storeowners would allegedly debit food stamp cards for cash instead of food and split the proceeds.

The food stamp scheme has been going on since 2010, officials said during a Sept. 17 news conference. U.S. Attorney Rod J. Rosenstein, Special Agent in Charge William G. Squires Jr. of the U.S. Department of Agriculture Office of Inspector General and Special Agent in Charge Stephen E. Vogt of the Federal Bureau of Investigation announced the indictment, stating that the retailers received federal transactions in which they did not provide any food—a fraud scheme commonly known as food stamp trafficking.

“As the search warrants were executed this morning, agents seized $590,000 in cash from the defendants,” Rosenstein said during the news conference. “We also have warrants outstanding for bank accounts and we anticipate money will be seized from those accounts as well.”

Officials said the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, also known as SNAP, is the nation’s largest domestic food program and administered by state agencies and the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food and Nutrition Service.

Several years ago food stamps were an actual piece of paper. Today SNAP clients receive their benefits stored on electric benefits transfer, or EBT, debit cards similar to a personal debit card.

“Taxpayers fund the food stamp program to put food on the tables of needy recipients, not to put money in the pockets of greedy criminals,” Rosenstein said.

“The retailers involved had an obligation to provide food in return.” When the program operates properly the retailer receives the payment and passes as much of that money on to food producers and suppliers.

“When the program operates in a fraudulent way, as it did here all the money winds up in the pocket of the retailer and of the beneficiary,” said Rosenstein.

Sitting at the corner of Harlem and N. Fremont Avenues in West Baltimore is a mini market named Second Obama. On Sept.17, the mini-market’s iron shutters were down, the lights were out and potential customers were forced to go elsewhere for groceries.

According to court documents, Abdullah Aljaradi, 51, the owner of Second Obama had been under investigation for three years. Court documents show his store collected more than $2 million in payments for food sales that never occurred.

The indictment cited nine retail store owners and 10 stores. The defendants owned and operated their stores in Baltimore City and were authorized to accept SNAP.

Also included in the indictment are:
- Dae Cho, 66 and Hyung Cho, 40, both of Catonsville. They were listed as the owners of K & S Food Market in West Baltimore and allegedly obtained more than $1.4 million in payments for food stamps.

- Abdo Mohamed Nagi, 54, of Baltimore, owner of the New York Deli and Grocery and who allegedly obtained more than $1.2 million in payments for food sales that never occurred.

- Kim Man Chu, 38, of Rosedale, owner of the Long Hing Grocery Store and who allegedly obtained more than $750,000 in payments for food sales that never occurred.

- Amara Cisse, 50, and Fanta Keita, 45, both of Windsor Mill owners of the Simbo Food Mart and who allegedly obtained more than $600,000 in payments for food sales that never occurred.

- Jung Kim, 51, of Ellicott City, owner of C & C Market and who allegedly obtained more than $600,000 in payments for food sales that never occurred.

- John Cunningham, 54 of Baltimore allegedly obtained more than $348,000 in payments for food sales that never occurred.

The scheme represented a financial incentive for the retailers, the prosecutors said, because there was no cost or goods sold for them and they pocketed half the proceeds of a transaction that consisted of nothing more themselves for doing nothing other than cashing the EBT.

Witnesses wearing electronic surveillance equipment helped authorities gather the evidence that was presented to the grand jury.

FBI agents observed the Second Obama store, for instance, and said they saw a stream of customers conduct SNAP transactions and leave either with no merchandise or a small item such as a soft drink, while records showed half of the transactions were for more than $40.

None of the food stamp cardholders were charged in this incident, authorities said.

Prosecutors said the defendants face a maximum 20-year prison sentence for each count of wire fraud.


TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Front Page News; News/Current Events; US: Maryland
KEYWORDS: corruption; fraud; islam; obamasminions; obamastamps; obamastore; predictable; snap; stereotypes
If Obama was a shopowner....
1 posted on 09/23/2013 10:06:24 AM PDT by YourAdHere
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To: YourAdHere

Owner Of Obama Express Stores Charged With Food Stamp Fraud

http://www.westernjournalism.com/watch-owner-obama-express-stores-charged-food-stamp-fraud/


2 posted on 09/23/2013 10:08:43 AM PDT by cripplecreek (REMEMBER THE RIVER RAISIN!)
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To: YourAdHere

Our tax dollars at work. *sigh*


3 posted on 09/23/2013 10:09:15 AM PDT by Silentgypsy (the seed spawn of zor-ketthraa!.)
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To: YourAdHere

The only thing that surprise me is the fact that it is being prosecuted...............


4 posted on 09/23/2013 10:10:00 AM PDT by Red Badger (It is dangerous to be right in matters where established men are wrong. .....Voltaire)
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To: YourAdHere
I thought they cut out all the waste and fraud already

after all, we are “cut to the bone” according to Pelosi

5 posted on 09/23/2013 10:10:04 AM PDT by Mr. K (Lies, Damned Lies, Statistics, and then Democrat Talking Points.)
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To: Silentgypsy

To the taxpayer the spelling is S-AP!


6 posted on 09/23/2013 10:12:13 AM PDT by billhilly
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To: YourAdHere

I wonder why they got busted.... did they forget to donate to Obama’s last campaign or something?


7 posted on 09/23/2013 10:14:27 AM PDT by Cementjungle
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To: YourAdHere
None of the food stamp cardholders were charged in this incident, authorities said.

And why not I wonder. I guess they were 0bama/holder people.

8 posted on 09/23/2013 10:14:45 AM PDT by from occupied ga (Your government is your most dangerous enemy)
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To: Red Badger

he’ll get at least a month in jail.


9 posted on 09/23/2013 10:15:15 AM PDT by TurboZamboni (Marx smelled bad & lived with his parents most his life.)
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To: from occupied ga

“And why not I wonder. I guess they were 0bama/holder people.”

Yup. Holder’s peeps’. You try to blame them, they flip out the race card before you utter a word.


10 posted on 09/23/2013 10:16:15 AM PDT by max americana (fired liberals in our company after the election, & laughed while they cried (true story))
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To: Red Badger

In Reading, Pa you can get a tattoo with the SNAP.


11 posted on 09/23/2013 10:29:19 AM PDT by Safetgiver ( Islam makes barbarism look genteel.)
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To: Safetgiver

False.


12 posted on 09/23/2013 10:30:37 AM PDT by steve86 (Some things aren't really true but you wouldn't be half surprised if they were.)
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To: Safetgiver

If you mean fraudulently, yes, I am aware of the story.


13 posted on 09/23/2013 10:33:25 AM PDT by steve86 (Some things aren't really true but you wouldn't be half surprised if they were.)
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To: YourAdHere

I took a grand tour of Baltimore in 1961, compliments of the Marine Corps. I took a dislike to the place then, it looked like Dirtbag City, and I’ve never recovered. I asked the Captain if we were going to attack the place. I suggested napalm to speed the cleanup. I think he said something like we should wait for orders. As a country boy I’d never seen such a kraphole. More recently I’ve flown over it at 500 MPH and it still looks like a krap hole even at that speed.


14 posted on 09/23/2013 10:44:32 AM PDT by cherokee1 (skip the names---just kick the buttz)
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To: YourAdHere

Impossible. Pelosi promised us there wasn’t anything that could be cut from the budget.


15 posted on 09/23/2013 10:47:01 AM PDT by mykroar (China and Russia are playing chess while Obamas's playing 52 card pick-up.)
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To: YourAdHere
None of the food stamp cardholders were charged in this incident, authorities said.

Why not?? They're just as culpable. My bet is they're still on the dole and still swiping their EBT.

16 posted on 09/23/2013 10:50:19 AM PDT by Hoffer Rand (There ARE two Americas: "God's children" and the tax payers)
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To: max americana

That game is long past its prime. Flip out the race card on me and I will piss on it and the flipper.

They’ll call you racist regardless so why care about them calling you anything.


17 posted on 09/23/2013 10:53:17 AM PDT by RJS1950 (The democrats are the "enemies foreign and domestic" cited in the federal oath)
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To: Red Badger
The only thing that surprise me is the fact that it is being prosecuted...............

They must not have been registered supporters of the Democratic [sic] party.

18 posted on 09/23/2013 10:58:58 AM PDT by Standing Wolf (No tyrant should ever be allowed to die of natural causes.)
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To: YourAdHere
Look at the name of the store where the fraud took place.


19 posted on 09/23/2013 10:59:46 AM PDT by SkyPilot
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To: YourAdHere

John Cunningham? What’s he doing in there?


20 posted on 09/23/2013 11:02:26 AM PDT by heartwood
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To: heartwood

...and why are the criminals who participated in this fraud with their EBT cards being prosecuted?????? Someone??? Oh...coincidentally, they are probably of the black persuasion.


21 posted on 09/23/2013 11:17:18 AM PDT by hal ogen (First Amendment or Reeducation Camp?)
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To: SkyPilot

LOL, that pic kind of sums up Baltimore (and most urban areas).


22 posted on 09/23/2013 11:33:17 AM PDT by jboot (It can happen here because it IS happening here.)
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To: heartwood

That’s the one they had to make up for obvious reasons...

j/k


23 posted on 09/23/2013 11:34:22 AM PDT by BreezyDog
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To: YourAdHere

I took a second Obama after breakfast this morning.


24 posted on 09/23/2013 11:42:51 AM PDT by Palio di Siena (Obama loves the USA like OJ loved Nicole)
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To: YourAdHere

“the corner of Harlem and N. Fremont Avenues ... in West Baltimore ... a mini market named Second Obama ... the mini-market’s iron shutters”

Food stamp fraud?

I shocked. Shocked, I tell you.


25 posted on 09/23/2013 12:10:55 PM PDT by SharpRightTurn (White, black, and red all over--America's affirmative action, metrosexual president.)
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To: YourAdHere; Abundy; Albion Wilde; AlwaysFree; AnnaSASsyFR; bayliving; BFM; Bigg Red; ...

More on the Fraud You Can Believe In . . .

Maryland “Freak State” PING!


26 posted on 09/23/2013 4:27:32 PM PDT by Tolerance Sucks Rocks (Major brain damage at UMES, but no property damage!)
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To: YourAdHere

If they want to see fraud, they should drive over to murder mall (mondawmin) where food stamps are used to get your hair and nails “did.”


27 posted on 09/24/2013 6:18:19 AM PDT by Katya (Homo Nosce Te Ipsum)
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