They pocketed more than $300,000. But it’s a billion dollar business.
Four Hudson men were arrested and charged Monday morning with using food stamps to generate revenue at D&D Deli & Grocery, according to a press release from the U.S. Attorney’s Office of Northern District of New York.
Deli owner Mofaddal M. Murshed, 36, as well as Ahmed A. Algahaim, 54; Faisal Q. Morshed, 34, and Ibrahim Q. Morshed, 24, employees of the deli, located at the intersection of Fifth Street and Long Alley, were arraigned Monday by Magistrate Judge Randolph F. Treece and charged with conspiring to commit Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) fraud, according to U.S. Attorney Richard S. Hartunian in the release.
If convicted, the defendants face up to five years in prison. They could also be ordered to forfeit the proceeds of the offense and pay a fine of up to $20,000, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office. A trial date was set for Feb. 24.
Monday’s arrests follow a raid at the same deli back in April by the Columbia County Welfare Fraud Task Force, in which a search warrant was executed following a lengthy investigation.
Calls to the U.S. Attorney’s Office of Northern District of New York in Albany were not immediately returned due to the holiday.
Monday’s arrests follow an investigation by the U.S. Department of Agriculture, the Columbia County Sheriff’s Office and the U.S. Secret Service and is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Jeffrey C. Coffman.
Four grocery store employees face federal charges for collecting more than $300,000 in profits from a food stamp scheme.