A rabbit hole is a scary place. You never expect to find it, and when you do, it starts from the unlikeliest of places. Who knew that the globalist push for a worldwide Islamic Fundamentalist Caliphate started at a small market in Irvington New Jersey?
An Irvington man on Monday admitted in federal court to running a food stamps-for-cash scheme that cost the government more than $800,000 over two years. Miguel Antonio Azcona pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge Mary L. Cooper in Trenton to a single count of theft of government funds, according to the office of U.S. Attorney Paul Fishman.
Prosecutors say Azcona, 38, allowed customers at his Newark convenience store, New Community Supermarket on Springfield Avenue, to trade Supplemental Nutritional Assistance Program benefits for cash. Store employees would retain a portion of the transaction’s value for Azcona’s benefit, according to prosecutors.
Authorities say the scheme cost the government approximately $840,584. Azcona faces a maximum of 10 years in prison and a $250,000 fine, or twice the loss or gain from the crime, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office. His sentencing has been scheduled for May 3.
The case started with the tip from an Irvington caseworker who had been on the job nearly ten years. One of her tasks was to approve food stamp benefits. That spring, a client reported that her benefits card had been stolen. She checked and told her it had been last used at New Community Supermarket.
“Oh, that’s the store that gives you cash,” the client responded.
As authorities investigated a cartel-linked drug group, they developed a source with links to the market. The source told the detective that he was regularly wiring money to a Mexican cartel via the market, working to pay off a $67,000 debt. He told investigators the market was a front, paying discounted rates for food stamp cards.
Investigators from U.S. Department of Agriculture said Azcona and his employees repeatedly traded cash for food stamp purchases made by undercover officers. Court records show Azcona pleaded guilty Tuesday to a single count of theft of government funds under a plea agreement with the U.S. Attorney’s Office.
During one of those transactions, the undercover officer saw an employee consult an apparent price list for the illegal exchange, the complaint states. An undercover officer traded Azcona and his employees food stamps for cash on 17 occasions between August 2014 and September 2016, according to a criminal complaint filed in the U.S. District Court in Newark
Law enforcement officials estimate $20,000 a month in food stamps was moving through the market. Authorities say the market charged fake sales to the cards to get money out of the recipients’ state accounts. DHS officials have not yet calculated the losses of the long-running fraud
It was as authorities began to look into the wire transfers that things got interesting. They all seemed to trace back to one or two accounts in Mexico City. Cooperating with Mexican Authorities, it soon became apparent exactly what the laundered money was being used to finance.
“Among the jihadists that travel back and forth through the porous southern border is a Kuwaiti named Shaykh Mahmood Omar Khabir, an ISIS operative who lives in the Mexican state of Chihuahua not far from El Paso, Texas,” authorities reported. “Khabir trained hundreds of Al Qaeda fighters in Pakistan, Afghanistan, and Yemen and has lived in Mexico for more than a year,” according to information provided to Judicial Watch by a source identified only as “a high-ranking Homeland security official in a border state.”
According to the intelligence, Khabir now provides training to thousands of jihadis – mostly from Syria and Yemen – at a base in near Ciudad Juarez, which is located just across the border from El Paso, Texas.
“Staking out U.S. targets is not difficult, and Khabir actually brags in an Italian newspaper article published last week that the border region is so open that he ‘could get in with a handful of men, and kill thousands of people in Texas or in Arizona in the space of a few hours.’”
Foreign Affairs Secretary Claudia Ruiz, Mexico’s top diplomat, told the Italian newspaper the Obama administration and media are “culpably neglecting this phenomenon.”
“[T]his new wave of fundamentalism could have nasty surprises in store for the United States,” Ruiz warned.
“So long as the money flows freely to the Cartel to finance such operations, they region will become a new breeding ground for a North American Caliphate.”
America’s traditional and new enemies are determined to bring this great country to ruin. They will stop at nothing to grind Lady Liberty into dust. When you are a nation that has a tradition of winning, the nations you vanquish either become close allies like Britain, Germany, and Japan or sore losers like Iraq, North Korea, and Russia. Then there are the nations that are itching to be beaten by Uncle Sam such as China, Iran and even though not a nation, ISIS.
Their hatred of us pushes these countries together to an uneasy cooperation that makes selling your soul to Satan a good deal in comparison. How else could you explain how the Drug Cartels who make their fortune from human sin and ISIS who pretend to be the pious army of Mohammed and Allah.
One wonders how long that alliance will last. It is safe to say that as long as they exist in any form that they will continue to invade America. It is an easy bet to say that at the end of the day with the cartels and ISIS, it comes down to us or them philosophy.