Maryland: 2 Muslims Plead Guilty to Food Stamp Fraud, More Than $3.5M Each


Source: Two Maryland Retailers Plead Guilty to Federal Charges of Food Stamp Fraud | Southern Maryland News Net

On December 15, 2016, Mohammad Shafiq, age 50, of Gwynn Oak, Maryland, and Muhammad Sarmad, age 40, of Nottingham, Maryland each pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit food stamp fraud and wire fraud in connection with separate schemes to illegally redeem food stamp benefits in exchange for cash.

The guilty pleas were announced by United States Attorney for the District of Maryland Rod J. Rosenstein; Special Agent in Charge William G. Squires, Jr. of the U.S. Department of Agriculture Office of Inspector General, Northeast Region; and Special Agent in Charge Gordon B. Johnson of the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

According to their plea agreements, from October 2010 through at least July 2016, Sarmad, Shafiq, and their respective co-conspirators exchanged EBT benefits for cash, in violation of the food stamp program rules. Sarmad and Shafiq typically paid half the value of the EBT benefits in cash. To avoid detection, they often debited the funds from the card in multiple transactions over a period of hours or days, or called a different store where the transaction was processed manually.

Sarmad and Shafiq owned and/or operated stores in the Baltimore area that were authorized to accept SNAP. The defendants received instruction regarding the requirements and regulations of the food stamp program and were aware that only eligible food items could be exchanged for EBT benefits and that a retailer may never exchange EBT benefits for cash or non-food items.

Shafiq and his family members owned and operated four stores: Quick Stop Convenience Store, 237 N. Patterson Park Avenue; New York Food Mart, 1201 N. Patterson Park Avenue; and Barclay Food Mart, 2454 Barclay Street, all in Baltimore; and Shafiq Corporation, 6929 Holabird Avenue, in Dundalk, Maryland. From October 2010 through July 2016, Shafiq himself, and by and through his family members obtained more than $3.7 million in payments for food sales that never occurred or were substantially inflated.

Sarmad and other family members also owned and/or operated four stores: New Sherwood Market, 6324 Sherwood Road in Northwood, Maryland; Martin Mart, 1504 Martin Boulevard in Middle River, Maryland; Rosedale Mart, 6326 Kenwood Avenue in Rosedale, Maryland; and M&A Mart 7400-A Belair Road in Baltimore. From October 2010 through August 2016, Sarmad and his co-conspirators obtained more than $3.5 million in payments for food sales that never occurred or were substantially inflated.

Sarmad and Shafiq each face a maximum sentence of five years in prison for conspiracy to commit food stamp fraud and wire fraud. U.S. District Judge Richard D. Bennett has scheduled sentencing for Sarmad on March 20, 2017 at 3:00 p.m. and for Shafiq on March 21, 2017, at 3:00 p.m.

United States Attorney Rod J. Rosenstein praised the USDA Office of Inspector General and FBI for their work in the investigation. Mr. Rosenstein thanked Assistant United States Kathleen O. Gavin and Rachel M. Yasser, who are prosecuting Sarmad and Shafiq, respectively.

Robbing from infidels is a family affair and included nearly half a dozen Mohameds according to the DOJ indictment:

From about October 2010 through July 2016, Mohammad Shafiq and his daughter, Alia Shaheen, allegedly obtained more than $3,712,353 in payments for food sales that never occurred or were substantially inflated.

Click the “Fraud” category link below to see how U.S. taxpayers have been swindled out of hundreds of millions if not billions of dollars by Muslim thieves.

5 thoughts on “Maryland: 2 Muslims Plead Guilty to Food Stamp Fraud, More Than $3.5M Each

    • Right on! But you have to go after those EMPLOYEES in the Food Stamp/WELFARE offices who grant them access to our Federal (taxpayer) dollars to be able to get away with this. You and I both know of the incredible amount of money wasted on welfae fraud- aided and abetted by those responsible for who gets on the rolls.They are paid cheats-federal employees. DRAIN THE SWAMP!

  1. This is just one of many reports where Muslims have been caught scamming the Food stamp system. They come here and get tax free starts at owning their own business and from there they use our tax dollars to steal from us tax payers since its us tax payers who fund the food stamp program. Now that Obama is gone, lets hope they Feds throw the book at them and eventually deport them back to the sand piles they came from.

  2. Being apprehended, charged, found guilty and sentenced to 5 or 10 years is fine BUT what about penalties and restitution + interests on the money stolen❓❓

  3. Pingback: Baltimore: Muslim Retailer Gets 18 Months in $3.5M Food Stamp Fraud |

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