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Another immigrant nailed for food stamp fraud

Posted by Ann Corcoran on March 22, 2009

As I said yesterday, scams are in the air.   This is the story that first brought my attention to the rampant food stamp scams perpetrated by a certain group of immigrants.   I first told you about  Mohammad T. Khan in December of 2007, here.  The wheels of justice turn slowly, don’t they.

From the Hagerstown Herald Mail yesterday:

HAGERSTOWN — The man who owned Nadia’s Convenience Store at 200 W. Franklin St. in Hagerstown was sentenced Friday to 18 months in prison for food stamp fraud, according to a press release from the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Baltimore.

Mohammad T. Khan, 40, of Hagerstown, also was ordered to pay restitution of $319,000 and serve three years of supervised probation upon his release, Marcy Murphy, a spokeswoman with the U.S. Attorney’s Office, said in the release.

From at least Jan. 1, 2005, through Sept. 30, 2007, Khan and employees of Nadia’s routinely exchanged cash for electronic benefits card (EBT) benefits in violation of the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s food stamp program, Murphy said.

[….]

Khan’s business was credited with more than $319,000 in EBT deposits for food sales that never occurred, Murphy said.

That he will be punished is good news, but what really interests me is how did so many immigrants, members of the Religion of Peace, get into the US with seed money to start these enterprises.  

I followed Khan’s money trail through public records from his incorporation of the Nadia store in a seedy section of Baltimore to his ownership of the store, the ownership of an expensive house in Hagerstown and his purchase of a gas station all in under five years.  How did he get to the US and where did his original financing come from?  No one ever seems to go that far in these cases.

I’m wondering if these Pakistanis get into the country as E-2 Treaty Investors.  If you have money to invest it appears it’s pretty easy to get into the US from certain countries.  Pakistan is one such country. 

Here is my archive on Food Stamp Fraud posts.  This is one of my favorite stories.  An Arabic publication wonders why there are so many Arabic names involved with food stamp scams and a US Attorney likens it to crimes committed by biker gangs, huh?

4 Responses to “Another immigrant nailed for food stamp fraud”

  1. […] into my theory about the E-2 Treaty Investor program and food stamp fraud, here.  There was a bust in western Maryland of a food stamp fraud scheme if you need something in the vicinity of Washington, […]

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  2. […] learned about them because we had one where we live, and that Mohamed (Mohammad) recently was sent to the big house.  These Michigan guys will soon be joining […]

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  3. acorcoran said

    BL, that is funny, sort of. When our US attorney referred to biker gangs he only meant, you know, birds of a feather flock together! Now, you have Arab immigrants joining biker gangs!

    Thanks again for your good comments that help people understand the problem is worldwide.

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  4. BL said

    There are so many Arabic names involved because that’s part of who they are. Like we have said here before, they are not like us and I’m sick of all this political correctness crap. There is nothing wrong with stating things for what they are. If black is black and white is white, then I will say so.

    Here in Sydney Australia, we are currently facing a biker gang war that is only a problem because Arabic youths have infiltrated some of these gangs and are unjustly using their newly affiliated gang colors to incite all sorts of heinous crimes right now. The senior members, the true members, of these biker gangs are offended that these Arabic youths are tarnishing biker gangs unjustly. One of whom has just recently spoken out and is embracing freedom of speech by specifically saying that the Lebanese youths are causing the trouble and the senior members intend to fix this situation. Here is a link to an article just released today if you are interested http://www.smh.com.au/national/behind-sydneys-bikie-bloodshed-two-gangs-out-of-control-20090323-96hr.html

    Sydney is one of the most culturally diverse cities in the world by far but it seems the only ethnic group that stirs up most of the problems that we have here in Sydney is the Arab Community. Not the Indian. Not the Asian. Not the African. Not the South American. Not the European.

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