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Federal agents raid store in Hagerstown, MD yesterday

Posted by Ann Corcoran on December 7, 2007

Although this has nothing to do with refugees, it has lots to do with where we live, near Hagerstown in Washington County, MD.   And, I am bringing this to you as a reminder to be on the lookout for similar activity in your communities.   It will be sharp eyes and the willingness of regular people to to speak up that will make all the difference in helping to protect our American cities and towns.

What follows is information provided by the Hagerstown Police Department:

Hagerstown Police Department

50 N. Burhans Blvd

Hagerstown Maryland 21740

301-790-3700

News Release

Incident Information

Incident: Search and Seizure Warrant Executed

Location: Nadia’s Convenience Store @ 200 W. Franklin St Hagerstown Md

Date & Time: Thursday December 6, 2007 at 1:00 PM

On Thursday December 6, 2007 detectives with the Hagerstown Police Department and agents with The US Department of Agriculture Office of the Inspector General executed a Federal Search and Seizure Warrant at Nadia’s Convenience Store at 200 W. Franklin St. The warrant was a result of a year and a half long investigation into illegal electronic food stamp transactions being done by the store. During the investigations transactions were made for cash in exchange for food stamp benefits. No one was arrested at this time. Agents with the Inspector Generals Office seized evidence from the store which will be reviewed by them. The case will then be presented to the US Attorney for possible charges. Nadi’s Convenience Store is owned by Mohammed Tariq Khan, who was present during the execution of the warrant.Supervisor: Sgt. Jim Robison.

It is unclear whether Mr. Mohammed Tariq Khan is a US citizen or when he might have immigrated to America.   There has also been no suggestion that any money has left the country.

Apparently the nearly $30 billion a year Federal Food Stamp Program is fraught with problems especially as it relates to small grocery stores.    This 2006 story in USA Today will give you more information on what to look for with this scam at small grocery and convenience stores.   Here is one of the criminal cases cited by USA Today:

Criminal penalties for individuals convicted of food stamp fraud are more severe. A Dearborn, Mich., man pleaded guilty last month to committing more than $380,000 in food stamp fraud over 20 months. Wissam Salameh, 32, manager of a BP gas station and convenience store in Detroit, was convicted of trading cash for food stamp benefits. Salameh, who will be sentenced in February, faces a maximum sentence of 20 years in prison and a $250,000 fine.

One of the methods that criminals can use to steal from the Federal government goes something like this:    The store might purchase food stamps from someone at half their value and then seek reimbursement for the whole value from the Dept. of Agriculture.   As of this time, we do not know what the nature of the possible crime was that prompted the removal of many boxes of material from the store yesterday.

 

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7 Responses to “Federal agents raid store in Hagerstown, MD yesterday”

  1. [...] written dozens of posts on Food Stamp Scams ever since I wrote the first one in December 2007 where another Mohammad’s store was raided in my county seat.   Search RRW for ‘food [...]

  2. [...] a certain group of immigrants.   I first told you about  Mohammad T. Khan in December of 2007, here.  The wheels of justice work slowly, don’t [...]

  3. [...] we have covered immigrant perpetrated food stamp fraud since a store in our Maryland county was raided last [...]

  4. [...] by acorcoran on February 6, 2008 As I mentioned in my previous posts on Food Stamp fraud, this doesn’t have anything to do with refugees.  Although refugee food [...]

  5. [...] that the Office of Inspector General initiated back in December?   See our earlier post here for [...]

  6. acorcoran said

    If you Marylanders reading this don’t know The Patriot Sharpshooter and his “Common Sense” blog out of Washington County, check it out so you can get a feel for how the rural people of Maryland are feeling about our county and state government. He has a very interesting post today about the prison system here: http://thepatriotsharpshooter.typepad.com/my_weblog/2007/12/marylands-maxim.html

    Like us, here at RRW, he was driven to blogging partly because our local paper, The Herald Mail, the only newspaper in town, chooses what they want to present to the community and what they want to keep from the community. So, far they have not done a story (other than a tiny mention in a police log) on the Raid on the Nadia Convenience store.

  7. The Patriot Sharpshooter said

    “All the authority and none of the responsibility”
    Our government has become experts at redistributing wealth. They tax Americans and give away money, simply to buy votes.
    Ask any elected official or other bureaucrat why this continues. You’ll get a lot of BS and hot air. They are protecting their jobs and elected offices.
    It’s time to demand a stop to all the social experiments!
    O’Governor just raised Maryland taxes 1,600 million dollars under a “special” session to avoid public scrutiny. I sure hope Democrats are proud of their records.
    Marylander’s need to vote with their feet. We have 4 states within minutes of our border. Schedule your shopping trips wisely.

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