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Archive for Monday, December 5, 2011

Wichita grocers face sentencing for food stamp fraud

December 5, 2011

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— The owners of a Wichita grocery store will learn their punishment this week for their role in a food stamp scam thwarted by federal authorities during a months-long investigation.

Muhammad Qadeer Akram and his wife, Shama Qadeer, who own of Alnoor Grocery and Biryani House in Wichita, face sentencing Wednesday in federal court. They were accused of trading cash for customers' food stamps at a profit.

The couple pleaded guilty in September to one count each of conspiracy to commit food stamp fraud, food stamp fraud and wire fraud. They agreed to forfeit $262,900.

Thirteen people were charged in two federal indictments alleging schemes that defrauded the government out of more than $580,000. Eleven people have pleaded guilty, while one food stamp recipient was acquitted and another has a change-of-plea hearing Friday.

Comments

bootlegger 3 years ago

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Centerville 3 years ago

Wait. I thought we didn't have any welfare fraud in Kansas.

chootspa 3 years ago

Ooh, proof! Quick, let's spend three or four times as much as we've lost in prevention measures.

Flap Doodle 3 years ago

They were trying to fund their community organization efforts.

itwasthedukes 3 years ago

I thought there is no abuse in social programs only help for those who need it most. I'm sure these people have never heard of C&P.

beatrice 3 years ago

Exactly what dialect are you attempting to mimic? And why?

just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 3 years ago

I would suspect that the real victims in the illegal sale of many if not most of these foodstamps isn't the government, but rather the intended recipients-- kids, the elderly and disabled whose "caretakers" essentially stole them.

Kyle Chandler 3 years ago

Nice to see all you good folks are still able to watch Fox news and type on this board at the same time.

Jayhawk1958 3 years ago

Hopefully that puts it to bed on the disabled and needy committing fraud.

Katara 3 years ago

From a different article, this couple has another guy scouting for homeless people who were willing to sell their benefits. It is interesting that the 2 different grocery stores in Wichita that have been found guilty of food stamp fraud in the last couple of months were out actively seeking people to sell benefits.

ignatius_j_reilly 3 years ago

Why is the LJWorld better than the Kansas City Star? Read the comments on the same story at the Star:

http://www.kansascity.com/2011/12/05/3302845/kansas-grocers-face-sentencing.html

Here, blatant racism gets removed immediately -- I don't even know what was said on this forum -- and called out by other users. Over there, they're making unfounded claims based on the peoples' names alone. Half of the four comments (as of now) are racist. How pathetic!

These people are trash, but not because of their nationality. It's because they're defrauding the taxpayers and poor people, which should infuriate Democrats and Republicans alike. And we've got plenty of ammo to use against them without degrading ourselves to idiotic racism.

Thanks, LJWorld!

Richard Heckler 3 years ago

Yes leave it to private industry ...... the most reliable source of fraud against consumers,taxpayers and our governments.

ignatius_j_reilly 3 years ago

And the most reliable source of tax money, jobs, and innovation. God bless private industry!

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