St. Paul corner market charged with $3 million in food stamp fraud

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The site of the food stamp fraud.
The owner of a small St. Paul corner market has been charged by the federal government with $3 million in food stamp fraud, the Pioneer Press reports.

Agents at the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Office of Inspector General became suspicious after noticing that the Stryker Avenue Market did $3,153,059 worth of EBT redemptions between 2004 and 2009, while the average EBT redeption for a similarly sized story in the state was $322,793. Over a three-year investigation, agents audited the store's sales records, conducted surveillance, and sent in informants to make illegal EBT transactions.

The agency's work resulted in the indictment of the market's former owner, Khaffak Sahib Ansari, who recently sold the store (it has since been renamed Westside Groceries), on three counts of food-stamp fraud. Benefits are supposed to be used to buy groceries, but the federal prosecutors allege that Ansari allowed customers to buy banned items like cigarettes and cell phone minutes, as well as exchanging EBT benefits for cash.


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winoceros
winoceros

The real story isn't the fraud per se, and one wonders why the writer didn't feel the need to pursue it:  where did the money go and for what purpose?

His political donations, citizenship status, relatives' immigration status, international wire transactions and laundering should be examined.

WhoisCeelo
WhoisCeelo

In order to feed trolls like you! Will you be sad if Ansari is a full blooded Republican born in Minnetonka to Christian fundamentalists?

Macho Muchacho
Macho Muchacho

LOL...it would be sad. But hes not. Nice try tho. Turns out, hes just another fucking nigger. And a sand nigger at that...

mark lowry
mark lowry

why is he a troll?  Those are excellent questions.  Regardless of political and religious affiliations.

Steveinminneapolismn
Steveinminneapolismn

funny how these guys always had new bmw and range rovers all the time.  What a scam!

Guest
Guest

"these guys" being the store owners who agreed to launder EBT? Once a store is known as a place to fence your EBT, expect tons of business.

It's a real tragedy people are using EBT for stuff they're not supposed to. The convenience of a magnetic-stripe card means easy to cheat. Maybe they should ask EBT users to submit reciepts that are matched against their expenditures, but a store-owner could just cook up receipts and make sure they match. It just proves greed is everywhere.

Kate
Kate

Another loser not contributing any value to our society.

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