Rhode Island: Convenience Store Owner Admits to Million Dollar Food Stamp Fraud Scheme

Source: Convenience Store Owner Admits to Million Dollar Food Stamp Fraud Scheme | USAO-RI | Department of Justice

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – Sami Almuhtaseb, 45, of Smithfield, R.I., owner of Oasis Market, a convenience store located in Providence, pleaded guilty in federal court on Friday to defrauding the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) of more than $1.1 million dollars. Almuhtaseb admitted to the court that he allowed SNAP recipients to exchange food stamp benefits for cash, in return charging them a surcharge of 100% which he pocketed.

According to information presented to the court, between November 2009 and December 2015, the defendant’s store redeemed $2,755,125 in SNAP benefits. Over $1,259,320.99 or 45% of the food stamp transactions were for transactions of $100 or more. Over 72% of the SNAP transactions at the store were from transactions in excess of $50. Legitimate SNAP transactions at a convenience store rarely involve a transaction of $50 or more.

According to court documents, at least $1.1 million dollars worth of the SNAP funds received by Almuhtaseb were the result of fraudulent transactions. These fraudulently obtained funds were deposited into two bank accounts controlled by Almuhtaseb. The defendant withdrew over $770,000 in cash or checks payable to himself from these two accounts. An analysis of bank records revealed that the Almuhtaseb also withdrew over $40,000 of cash from one of the accounts at ATMs located at casinos.

Appearing before U.S. District Court Chief Judge William E. Smith, Sami Almuhtaseb pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program fraud and to money laundering.

He is scheduled to be sentenced on July 22, 2016.


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6 Responses

  1. So this is how Obama is supporting the islamists – make it easy to get $$ via SNAP, EBT cards, Obama care, Obama cell phones, Obama free internet service… Investigators should investigate all the “Obama” programs for fraud, I bet there’s more…

  2. This could be stopped so easily if Congress had the gonads to do it.

  3. This is just another example of how full of shit muslims are. They say that thieves should have their hands cut off and yet they steal. They say that killing one human being is like killing all of humanity, yet they kill. They say that lying is a sin and yet they make an art out of it. They say that women are honored in Islam and yet they rape and beat their wives. What a shitty religion full of shitty people.

  4. We, the taxpayers & legal citizens, are contributing to
    Our ( Death By Democrats), every Muslim now is entitled to EBT, CASH, BO Phones & now, BO Internet. WHY? Old Sami has made himself quite wealthy off of the Food Stamp Fraud in Rhode Island. In Florida, we had a Sami too, he contributed our money to Terrorists and he was a trusted Educrat in a State Financed University. The Muslims have to be removed NOW.

  5. Wow! the store-owner has been caught for fraud. This is very scary for someone to defraud SNAP users for money.

  6. This is just another ‘fine’ example of how these BASTARDS come here to steal everything from us! Years ago, I personally had an encounter with one of these muzzslime franchisees! He falsely accused ME of stealing from his store! He literally made me pull my pockets out to prove my innocence! I wish I had known then what I know now about these hateful creatures–or should I say “filthy devils”??? I hope this judge has the courage to put this bastard behind bars for life–better yet, confiscate ALL of his assets and DEPORT HIM!!!!!

    On Tue, Jun 7, 2016 at 9:01 AM, Creeping Sharia wrote:

    > creeping posted: “Source: Convenience Store Owner Admits to Million Dollar > Food Stamp Fraud Scheme | USAO-RI | Department of Justice PROVIDENCE, R.I. > – Sami Almuhtaseb, 45, of Smithfield, R.I., owner of Oasis Market, a > convenience store located in Providence, pleaded guil” >

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