Missouri: Seven Muslims plead guilty in $1.7M food stamp fraud

via Two from Swansea get 7 years in prison for food stamp fraud : News

EAST ST. LOUIS • Two businessmen from Swansea were sentenced to seven years and one month in federal prison and ordered to repay nearly $1.7 million in fraud-related losses to the food stamp program, federal prosecutors said Wednesday.

Qais Hussein, 43, and Majdi Odeh, 45, owners of two Garden Grill Market stores in East St. Louis, operated a conspiracy to buy food stamp benefits and Woman, Infant and Children vouchers from customers at some fraction of their face value, prosecutors said. That fraction was 50 to 60 percent for food stamps, they said. Hussein and Odeh, who are brothers, would also accept food stamp payments for ineligible items like tobacco, cellphones and purses, prosecutors said.

In addition to the prison time, the men were fined $12,500.

Hussein and Odeh pleaded guilty in May to conspiracy to unlawfully acquire Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program benefits, aiding in the preparation of false tax returns and trafficking in counterfeit goods.

Prosecutors said that the brothers also helped prepare two false 2010 tax returns by under-reporting the income from the markets and sold fake watches, hats, DVDs and other items.

Five employees have also pleaded guilty to roles in the conspiracy and received sentences ranging from probation to the time one had already served in jail, in addition to fines and restitution.

Those employees are Hossam Ahmed, 25, of St. Louis, Alaa Jaber, 29, of Jersey City, N.J., Elsayed Hassan, 25, of East St. Louis, Rami Abou Amra, 37, of Troy, Ill., and Albraa Sabrah, 27, of Hazelwood, prosecutors said.

More via the DOJ:

This conspiracy allowed Hussein and Odeh to fraudulently receive over $1.6 million in electronic transfers to their bank accounts. The indictment also alleges that they filed false tax returns based upon the unreported fraudulent SNAP payments. Finally, the Grand Jury charged that both Hussein and Odeh in operating Garden Grill Market, II, Inc. illegally trafficked in counterfeit items from Casio, Major League Baseball, the Motion Picture Association, Prada, Coach, Fendi, Gucci and Juicy Couture.

Not mention of any of their citizenship status.

Muslim migrants to the U.S. don’t just pose a terror threat. Muslim food stamp fraud is a multi-billion dollar enterprise. Muslim Medicaid fraud is another.


4 thoughts on “Missouri: Seven Muslims plead guilty in $1.7M food stamp fraud

  1. I can imagine these people are not concerned about their situation. After all, in the eyes of allah et. al.. they only took what was rightfully theirs. Maybe obama will amnesty this type before he leaves office.

  2. Interesting little fact – the owners of the Ferguson Market in St. Louis suburb, Ferguson Missouri – made famous by the infamous Mike Brown – had been caught bribing a police officer in order to help ‘muslim students’ overstay their visas as well as funding terrorism.

    Same sorts of activity by other Muslim convenience store owners in every other state in USA.

    Multiply the number of Muslim owned convenience stores in the USA…and you have a huge scam and drain of US wealth.

    Then there are the Islamist-run drug cartels that are destroying our young people.

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