Mahmoud Tajgerdu came to court Friday with $35,000 that he hoped would help keep him out of prison.
It didn’t. And he still owes much more.
Tajgerdu, 42, ran a food stamp fraud scheme out of his two Beaverton businesses — a halal meat market and a gas station.
The theft, which authorities believe may have exceeded $1 million, occurred when Tajgerdu rang up phony transactions and charged his customers a fee to illegally exchange their food stamp benefits for cash.
As he bilked hundreds of thousands of dollars from the federal assistance program, he lived in a sprawling million-dollar home in the West Hills and drove a BMW 7 Series car.
He lived a lavish lifestyle funded in part by taxpayers, Washington County Senior Deputy District Attorney Bracken McKey told the court.
The business owner’s greed corrupted his employees and customers, who acted as conspirators in his scam, McKey said. Several employees have been charged and convicted.
His restitution amount and sentence will be finalized at the Aug. 21 hearing.
Tajgerdu was taken into custody after the Friday hearing. After the judge left the bench, he became indignant.
Tajgerdu said he would give nothing more.
“I want to go to jail forever,” he said.
All that’s missing is the “allah akbars”.