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Meriden CT: Moroccan sentenced in food stamp fraud case could be deported upon release

Posted by Ann Corcoran on January 5, 2014

I’ve long complained that with these immigrant-run food stamp fraud scams, the media rarely mentions the immigration status of the scammer found guilty, but hurrah! this story does!

The store in Connecticut where taxpayers were scammed out of $820,000!

From My Record Journal (emphasis is mine):

MERIDEN — A local grocery store owner was sentenced to 27 months in prison by a federal judge yesterday for food stamp fraud.

Myrachid Elquafai, 52, of New Haven, was found guilty of one count of conspiracy to commit food stamp fraud and one count of food stamp fraud. He was found guilty after a five day trial in federal court in New Haven.

Deirdre M. Daly, United States Attorney for the District of Connecticut, announced that Elquafai was sentenced by Chief U.S. District Judge Janet Hall to 27 months in prison followed by three years of supervised release. [This release bit doesn’t jibe with the deportation suggestion below—ed]


Elquafai would redeem food stamp benefits at the store at a “significantly discounted rate in exchange for cash and cigarettes,” and an investigation showed more that $820,000 in illegal food stamp benefits were redeemed at the store, Daly said.


Elquafai has been detained since his arrest on August 2, 2012 and is subject to immigration proceedings after his release from prison, Daly said. Elquafai is a citizen of Morocco, Daly said.

Photo is from this story.  Seems store owners were already in trouble for buying stolen goods to stock their shelves.

Click here for our complete archive on immigrant-run convenience store food stamp fraud (a hobby here at RRW).  Go here for how to report suspected food stamp fraud.

3 Responses to “Meriden CT: Moroccan sentenced in food stamp fraud case could be deported upon release”

  1. pungentpeppers said

    In Syracuse, those arrested recently for selling stolen merchandise include among them “Ahmed”, “Ali”, and “Khaled”. They are expected in court on Monday, 1/6/14.

    “The following individuals from the listed convenience stores are all due in court Monday, January 6.

    Daddy’s Place – 339 Wolf St, Syracuse
    Ali Alshaikh, 39

    Johnny 5 Inc – 1012 Park St, Syracuse
    Aziz Nagi, 36
    Bassem Omran, 38

    Valero Gas – 1131 N. Salina Street, Syracuse
    Adel Hassan, 39

    #1 Convenience Store – 1000 Butternut Street, Syracuse
    Marwan Zahran, 46

    Al’s Market – 448 Hawley Ave, Syracuse*
    Emmanuel Nyeijohn, 25
    *Police say there is another suspect involved, but have not arrested that person at this time.

    Upstate Market – 124 Merriman Ave, Syracuse
    Khaled Obaid, 34

    1st North Market – 717 Kirkpatrick Street, Syracuse
    Ahmad Salman, 25

    It’s common sense that people who are not raised in the U.S. are not brought up to respect American laws. (We do not require immigrants to attend civics classes.) Because of that – coupled with their unknown histories – immigrants merit extra scrutiny by law enforcement.


    • Ann Corcoran said

      The comments are more fun than the story. Someone REALLY needs to cover these convenience store crooks full time!


  2. Brittius said

    Reblogged this on


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