Just this week, the Justice Department and local officials in Florida busted a food stamp fraud operation that was largely conducted by Muslims, and which stole over $20 Million from taxpayers over the last five years. Interestingly, there seems to be some sort of ethnically distributed playbook for stealing government money. Another man in Rhode Island has just had his probation revoked after he was supposed to be serving time for defrauding the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), but the government found out that he’d been lying.
Last October, Providence resident Sami Almuhtaseb, was sentenced to five years probation with 730 days intermittent confinement at the Wyatt Detention Center. The conviction related to his theft of over $2 million in food stamps
The “intermittent” confinement was designed to allow this reprobate the ability to operate his convenience store, the Oasis Market. Why the government would allow a criminal Muslim to continue working at the same place where the crime occurred is anyone’s guess. However, such reasoning is typical of a bureaucracy.
The lienient sentencing was also suspect. Why would a person who admitted to stealing federal money be allowed to get off the hook? This sort of “justice” is nauseating.
Although Almuhtaseb was ordered to pay back nearly $1.2 million in restitution, he was lying to the court the entire time. Almuhtaseb had sold his business (probably to another brother who will follow the approved steps for funneling American dollars into fraudulent hands), so there was no need for the “intermittent confinement” stipulation.
Because he failed to disclose the fact that he “divested himself of his business” to the U.S. Probation or U.S. States Attorney’s Office at the time of sentencing, U.S. District Court Chief Judge William E. Smith revoked his probation in June 2017. His sentence was converted to the minimum 37 months in jail and three years “supervised release” upon completion of the sentence.
It’s highly likely that this dirt bag will only serve a few months for getting rich off of U.S. taxpayers. Yet the government is treating it like a victory.
Almuhtaseb’s sentence was announced by Acting United States Attorney Stephen G. Dambruch; Bethanne M. Dinkins, Special Agent in Charge of the Northeast Region of the United States Department of Agriculture Office of Inspector General; and Harold H. Shaw, Special Agent in Charge of the Boston Field Office of the FBI.
The original charges revolved around the fact that from the time under Obama (2009-2015), this Muslim redeemed nearly $3 million in SNAP benefits at his store. Almost half of the transactions were in amounts over $100. Legitimate transactions at that sort of business are rarely over $50.
The investigation determined that Almuhtaseb spent some of the money gambling and some to buy real estate, but the bulk of the funds were transferred to “cash” or checks payable to himself. Many people wonder where that $770,000 went. Did he send it to relatives in the Middle East?
It’s also curious that the man didn’t get prison time to begin with. His halal business is still operating, he just doesn’t own it anymore.
And, why doesn’t the government investigate the people who participated in the scheme? There must have been thousands of halal patrons who came to the shop over the years. Where is the outrage that people who accept taxpayer food assistance aren’t being punished for misusing the system?
Now, instead of being out of jail free, he’ll at least serve the minimum penalty for such criminal activity. A number of conservatives believe that such offenses should be punished more severely. If the penalty was greater, like a minimum of 10 years in prison for defrauding the government, people may be a little less likely to risk it.
The bottom line is that during Obama’s reign, a number of Muslims operated extensive SNAP theft rings. Not only should they be prosecuted and made to return the money, the people who used their government assistance for drugs, alcohol, and other things it was not intended for should be held accountable and lose their right to welfare.