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Thursday, March 7, 2013

CONVICTED!! Muslim EBT fraudsters, husband and wife team, sentenced to 2 1/2 years in the slammer

Policing 228,000 retailers participating in Food Stamp program virtually unenforceable says nation's leading retail grocery blogger

From (Channel) 11alive.com, "Grocer sentenced to prison for $844,000 food stamp fraud":
An Illinois grocer was sentenced to two-and-a-half years in federal prison Monday for defrauding government and nutrition programs. Khaled Saleh, 48, the owner of Sunset Food Market in Waukegan was charged with illegally exchanging cash with customers using food stamp cards and nutrition coupons during an undercover investigation. 
Saleh was sentenced to 30 months in prison by U.S. District Judge Charles Norgle. 
Saleh, along with his wife, Fatima Saleh, 37, acquired more than $844,000 by paying customers approximately half the value in cash for goods purchased at other stores using their benefits. They then re-sold the same items in their store at a substantially higher price.
Tom Karst (photo), national editor, The Packer, (grocery store blog), "Fresh Talk Blog - Food stamp fraud: $800,000 here, $700,000 there adding up":
Yay, we caught the wrongdoer. But $844,000? 
When you think of the job of keeping 228,000 retailers (and 48 million participants, by the way!) on the straight and narrow - at the same time the agency is working to expand access to healthy food for participants - well, it is no easy task. Clearly, more scrutiny of retailers is required.

6 comments:

KN@PPSTER said...

The story seems to have conflicting accounts of what they did.

On the one hand:

"Illegally exchanging cash with customers using food stamp cards and nutrition coupons"

This implies that they were (for example) ringing up false purchases and giving cash back with a rake-off, or something like that.

But then it says:

"Saleh, along with his wife, Fatima Saleh, 37, acquired more than $844,000 by paying customers approximately half the value in cash for goods purchased at other stores using their benefits. They then re-sold the same items in their store at a substantially higher price."

Why would that be illegal -- at least on their end? They bought low and sold high. That's what retailers do. If there was any fraud it was on the part of the food stamp recipients.

Eric Dondero said...

You could be right. But that's a little big besides the point.

More important question: WHY IN THE BLOODY FUCK ARE WE LETTING THESE ASSHOLES INTO OUR COUNTRY???

They're here only to scam us, steal our tax dollars, and in many cases rape our women and kill us.

Oh, but that's politically incorrect. Quick. Someone call the PC police at Holder's office. Tell them to Drone attack Dondero.

My current location: Starbucks, somewhere's in Phoenix.

KN@PPSTER said...

"More important question: WHY IN THE BLOODY FUCK ARE WE LETTING THESE ASSHOLES INTO OUR COUNTRY???"

Do you have some particular reason to believe that they aren't natural-born American citizens?

If they were immigrants, they'd likely have been detained by ICE before trial (they were freed on bail) and deported after conviction (he was sentenced to federal prison).

From the indictment and related press releases, it sounds like virtually every agency in the federal government except ICE was involved.

citizen121 said...

"More important question: WHY IN THE BLOODY FUCK ARE WE LETTING THESE ASSHOLES INTO OUR COUNTRY???"

good question. i believe chief sitting bull was asking the same question back in 1875.

what gives you the impression that you have any control about what ethnic group comes to "your country"??

what gives you the impression you have any more right to this particular piece of real estate than anyone else?? the color of your skin?? your parent's ancestry?? the religious beliefs which resulted in your current state of enlightenment??

Chuck said...

Cave men never had a country, half wit. Try again.

citizen121 said...

hey chuckles, when i want your opinion, i'll smack your mom in the ass while i'm doing her from behind.

PS: if you ever come upstairs while i'm banging your mom again, i swear i'll knock you into next week. i don't give a shit if cable went out in the middle of bablyon 5. you should have downloaded more japanese anime porn to your computer so you can whack off when cable is down.

and pick up all those empty pepsi bottles and reeses pieces wrappers before you go to bed.