Michigan: 3 more meat markets raided in multi-million dollar food stamp fraud

Muslim immigrants aren’t contributing to the fabric of America, but they are robbing taxpayers blind. Yesterday it was a $12.5M food stamp fraud with at least five Muhammad’s arrested, and the thievery continues via Feds raid second Flint business, allege more than $1 million in food stamp fraud | MLive.com.

FLINT, MI — Federal authorities have raided a second Flint business after they claim more than $1 million dollars in food stamp benefits was allegedly traded for cash a convenience store located in the downtown Mass Transportation Authority station, according to a criminal complaint unsealed Tuesday, Sept. 30, in Flint U.S. District Court.

The complaint alleges that two people were involved in the alleged scheme.

The two suspects have not been arraigned on any charges. Court records show one was arrested and released Tuesday on $25,000 bond.

Joan Morgan, an attorney representing one of the suspects, declined to comment on the case.

An affidavit filed with the complaint by inspectors from the U.S. Department of Agriculture claim that the alleged fraud exceeded $1.1 million since August 2009.

MTA General Manager Ed Benning said he did not have any comment on the criminal allegations. Benning said that the MTA leased space in the downtown station to the store and the shop had been a good tenant.

Federal authorities executed a search warrant at the store Tuesday, Sept. 30.

Officials with the USDA declined to comment on the ongoing investigation.

Benning said his office was not given any notification of the impending raid by federal agents. He said he became aware of the situation after MTA employees called to tell him that agents closed the store.

The store was open Wednesday, Oct. 1.

The store is registered to Madiha’s Enterprises Inc., according to court records. A phone number listed for the company was disconnected. A man at the store who identified himself as the manager declined to comment on the allegations.

Authorities claim they became aware of the suspected fraud after a review of SNAP transactions revealed a transaction history far excess of that of comparable stores.

The affidavit claims the store averaged more than $21,000 per month in SNAP transactions over the past five years. Comparable stores in the same geographic area averaged just $2,500 in transactions.

The allegations come on the heels of another investigation by USDA officials.

Federal authorities claim more than $5 million in food stamp benefits were illegally traded for cash by workers at two meat markets in Flint and Saginaw, according to a criminal complaint unsealed Monday, Sept. 29.

The complaint alleges that four people, including two workers at Shorthorn Meats in Flint and Saginaw, were part of the alleged scheme.

The affidavit, filed by a special agent from the USDA, claims that the investigation began in December 2011 and involved undercover police officers and confidential informants allegedly trading federal food assistance benefits for cash.

The other two referenced: Flint, Saginaw grocery stores part of investigation into more than $5 million in food stamp fraud

FLINT, MI — Federal authorities claim more than $5 million in food stamp benefits were illegally traded for cash by workers at two meat markets in Flint and Saginaw, according to a criminal complaint unsealed Monday, Sept. 29, in Flint U.S. District Court.

The complaint alleges that four people, including two workers at Shorthorn Meats in Flint and Saginaw, were part of the alleged scheme.

All four suspects have been arrested and released on $25,000 bond.

Agents from the U.S. Department of Agriculture and Internal Revenue Service executed a search warrant Monday at the Flint store, 2002 W. Pierson Road, on Flint’s north side, according to IRS spokeswoman Special Agent JoAnne McLean.

McLean declined to comment on the case outside of what was included in an affidavit filed with the criminal complaint.

Hani S. Halloun, who owns the Shorthorn markets in Flint and Saginaw, said he was out of town when he learned that authorities were executing the warrant Monday at the Flint location.

Halloun, who is not named as a suspect in the complaint, said he is unsure what federal agents were targeting with the warrant and he has hired an attorney to help track down a reason behind the warrant. He declined to comment further on the situation.

The affidavit, filed by a special agent from the USDA, claims that the investigation began in December 2011 and involved undercover police officers and confidential informants allegedly trading federal food assistance benefits for cash.

An undercover officer claimed he went into the Flint store multiple times and received cash for purchases made with his Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program benefits, according to the affidavit.

The affidavit claims the officer made orders for hundreds of dollars at the store that would then be picked up by a man authorities alleged was involved in the scheme.

The undercover officer would charge the order to SNAP benefits and receive a receipt. He would then allegedly travel to another business where the other person involved with the scheme would trade the transaction receipt for cash.

The undercover officer would typically receive cash in the amount of roughly half the original transaction value, according to the affidavit.

Authorities allege Shorthorn employees at both its Flint and Saginaw locations also purchased federal food benefits from confidential informants for cash, according to the affidavit.

Typically, the confidential informants would also receive cash in the amount of roughly half the value of the benefits they sold, according to the affidavit

The USDA alleges that Shorthorn redeemed an average of more than $54,000 per month in food benefits since 2005. The affidavit claims similar-sized grocery stores within a five-mile radius of Shorthorn redeemed less than $10,000 monthly on average over that same time frame.

Dozens more examples in the archives and those are only the arrests we know about, there are many more.

3 Responses

  1. Where the fuck do u get ur info?? Muslims owned those stores??? Your a fucking retard!! I know these people personally, the store owned at the bus terminal is owned by a WHITE boy married to an Arabic girl and the meat place they are CHRISTIANS!!!!
    Supposing ur Christians and ur spreading lies to make ur site look good, JESUS will be proud of ur judgmental stupid ass!! So basically I came to tell u stop spreading lies! Ur a FUCKING IDIOT!!! But that’s what happens when u inbreed!! Dumb fucks!

    • You must be one of the moderate Muslims

    • White boys can be Moslems. All that diversionary tactic cursing insulting changing the focus of the story. Stick 2 the issue. More and more islamists run stores are getting caught 4 trading food stamps 4 cash. Still fraud and theivery in my book.

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