If there’s one thing that really brings the dark side out of me, it’s the fraud and waste that goes on in our country, and at INSANE levels. Defrauding the government has become a way a life for way too many Americans (and non-Americans), and it’s not hard to see that the progressive and liberal elite in Washington are just kicking the can down the road. That just what they do best…
Now reports of two Muslim retailers, Mohammad Shafiq and Muhammad Sarmad, have pleaded guilty to wire fraud and conspiracy to commit fraud. What kind of fraud? Food stamp fraud. The judge’s sentence? Both will serve just eighteen months in prison, a piece!
Each defendant was convicted in totally separate cases, which went off at the same time. The details of the cases are related — the judge condemned both men on the same charges, and they were found guilty trading out food stamps, for cash…Good work, if you’re a criminal.
The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), or food stamps, is the government welfare program which a was created to help low-income individuals obtain a healthier lifestyle by affording fresh food. In Maryland, where these two criminal retailers operated, welfare recipients received an electronic benefits card that pretty much acts as a debit card.
However, unlike a debit card, this card can only purchase approved items that held nutritional value…And the stores that were chosen to participate in these programs, had to apply and be approved…
Shafiq and Sarmad did just that.
They were both approved by the state to participate in SNAP, and thus accepted the specific cards that came with the program.
But here’s where it goes crooked…
Rather than give only the state-approved food items, these two Muslims exchanged cash for SNAP benefits from their customers. These two idiots gave welfare recipients about half the value of their benefits, IN CASH instead of the required healthy food items.
So all in all, they were the neighborhood, criminals ATM, scamming the public out of their tax money! Over 6 years these two ran their scheme up to $3.5 million and $3.7 million.
Now, what did we learn from this? Crime doesn’t pay…What? Too cliche?