Like burqa bank robberies, the rise in food stamp fraud (click for more) coinciding with the growing Muslim population is likely just a coincidence. In this latest case, Hasan Ahmed is a US citizen who apparently doesn’t speak English. That didn’t stop him from running an elaborate scheme to rob taxpayers of more than $5.2 million dollars.
The owner of a Bessemer grocery store was sentenced this week to three years and 10 months in federal prison and was ordered to forfeit $5.2 million to the government for defrauding the food stamp program, structuring cash transactions and laundering money to hide the illegal profit, and evading federal income taxes, federal authorities announced Wednesday.
Hasan F. Ahmed, 50, owner and operator of Associated Discount Foods on Ninth Street South in Bessemer, pleaded guilty in March to one count each of food stamp fraud, tax evasion and structuring currency transactions, and four counts of money laundering.
U.S. District Judge R. David Proctor sentenced Ahmed and ordered the $5.2 million forfeiture at a hearing on Monday, according to a joint statement from U.S. Attorney Joyce White Vance, IRS Criminal Investigation Special Agent in Charge Veronica Hyman-Pillot and U.S. Department of Agriculture Office of Inspector General, Investigations, Special Agent in Charge Karen Citizen-Wilcox.
“For several years, this defendant misused thousands of dollars’ worth of food stamp benefits every day, enriching himself at the expense of American taxpayers and food stamp recipients,” Vance stated. “The SNAP program provides assistance for those who need help to feed their families. We will not allow criminals to corrupt that program so they can feed their own greed.”
Hyman-Pillot stated that Ahmed intentionally abused the SNAP program and lined his pockets with taxpayer funds. “His actions ultimately reduced the amount of benefits available to families in need of nutrition assistance. IRS-CI and our law enforcement partners will continue to work together and investigate similar schemes. We will trace every penny of illicit proceeds and return the funds to the United States Government.”
Ahmed is a U.S. citizen, but had an interpreter who speaks Bengali at his plea hearing in March. He has a plea agreement with the U.S. Attorney’s Office.
Ahmed was not among the 17 people arrested in the Birmingham area in a sweep last year by law enforcement that was the biggest food stamp fraud investigation in Jefferson County’s history.
According to Ahmed’s plea deal: Continue reading
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