The interesting thing about this Louisiana case, involving three men who appear to be Middle Easterners, is that the local news is publishing their photos! It is extremely rare to see a photo of food stamp traffickers.
The decision “effectively gives businesses relying on taxpayer dollars the ability to decide for themselves what data the public will see about how that money is spent.”
(Maribel Wadsworth, President USA Today Network)
In a case that has been working its way through the court system for at least eight years, a majority ruling by the Court decided in favor of businesses and the government and thus says the government does not have to release to the public any information that would shine a light on possible food stamp fraud by the thousands of small stores that participate in the massive federally-funded SNAP program.
I can’t believe that I am on the same side as Ruth Bader Ginsburg and the mainstream media in a case involving the Freedom of Information Act.
The Supremes led by Justice Gorsuch ruled that we, who pay for the food stamp program, have no right to know how much of our money is going to businesses that participate.
The Trump Administration argued for the right of businesses to keep their government funding secret.
I’m not a lawyer, but wonder if the ruling would apply to the refugee contractors and those big companies caring for ‘asylum seekers’ or any other business that lives off of taxpayer dollars! Will they now have a high court decision that would prohibit us from learning about their pipeline to the federal treasury?
Muhammad Shahbaz, 50, is described as a New Jersey man, but the fraud involved a store in Waterbury, CT and I am guessing Shahbaz is Pakistani. (Of course, we are rarely given any information about immigration status or nationality!)
Shahbaz is one of several workers busted for ripping off US taxpayers after their scam was discovered in 2016.
And, because there is no photo of the perp (or perps) that I can find, a photo of the store is all I’ve got.
By the way, I am delighted to tell you about this fraud case because frankly this is what I wanted to write about when I launched this blog, but have had to put these stories aside due to the large number of violent crime cases (with immigrants involved) coming my way.
Bongs and hookahs were bought on your dime!
Besides the usual trafficking in food stamps, this store “allowed customers to redeem their food stamp benefits for cash and other ineligible items, including cigarettes, glass pipes, bongs and hookahs,” according to the US Justice Department.
I guess Jama Osman will have to convince a court of that, but it sure looks like the feds have got the goods on him!
The feds are suing him and want the three homes Osman allegedly purchased with taxpayer dollars stolen from SNAP and WIC programs.
By the way, when you read the story note that he uses a tactic that I haven’t seen before that involves allowing customers to scan bar codes for approved items, but then giving them some cash back (after he took his cut!).
Wow this is some story! Before I began writing Frauds and Crooks, I knew there were some complicated frauds being perpetrated on us by unsavory members of the ‘new American’ community, but I continue to be surprised at the audacity and criminal intent of some of those we have welcomed to America.
This case involves two Middle Easterners and their American attorneywho happens to be the father of Airman Spencer Stone who was one of three men credited with stopping that Paris-bound train terror attack in 2015. Too bad for Brian Stone who was disbarred and was sentenced to six years in the big house.
The last of the trio of insurance fraudsters was sentenced this week.
Not only were they convicted of insurance fraud, but the elder of the two Middle Easterners had been earlier barred from participating in the food stamp program because he had been busted for ripping us off there too!
Here is the kicker in this case: ‘new American’ store owner Ibrahim Zughbihad been previously convicted of food stamp fraud and was not allowed to own and operate a store that accepted food stamps, but he worked his way around that prohibition!