Robbing taxpayers seems to be an area Muslim immigrants excel and have no fear of being deported. via Food stamps used to buy Red Bull – Connecticut Post. h/t Diversity’s Dark Side
BRIDGEPORT — The owner of a Fairfield Avenue grocery store was charged with illegally using government food stamp money to buy 1,200 cases of Red Bull.
Aslam Khawaja, 48, of Iranistan Avenue, the owner of the SK Grocery at 856 Fairfield Ave., was charged Wednesday with first-degree larceny by defrauding a public community, a felony punishable by up to 20 years in prison.
From March through December 2013 Khawaja paid cash to 128 of his customers who are on the state’s Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program for their SNAP benefits at 50 cents to a dollar of benefit, the arrest affidavit states.
He then used the benefits at the Fairfield and Stratford BJ’s Warehouse Stores to purchase $45,000 in bulk merchandise, including the cases of Red Bull, which he offered for sale at his store, the affidavit states.
“I was just trying to help poor people in the community,” Khawaja said. “The poor people come in here and they need money so I help them. Yes, I bought the Red Bull, but I sell it here, people really like it.”
Undercover officers were sent into the store on several occasions with SNAP benefit cards, and were offered cash for their benefits by Khawaja. In one instance, Khawaja gave the undercover officer $30 in cash in exchange for the officer’s benefit card and PIN number and offered him another $100 in cash if Khawaja could deduct $200 from the card.
Khawaja then drove to the BJ’s store where he used the officer’s card, according to the affidavit.
Khawaja is a Pakistani national. In December he was shot during a robbery at his store and at that time asked detectives to file federal documents allowing him to obtain a temporary visa to remain here as a crime victim, police said.
The arrest was a result of a joint investigation conducted by the Office of the Chief State’s Attorney, Office of the Attorney General, state Department of Social Services, United States Department of Agriculture — Office of Inspector General, and the United States Department of Agriculture FNS — Retailer Investigation Bureau.
Khawaja was released after posting $100,000 bond pending arraignment in Superior Court on April 22.
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