Another food stamp fraud bust, this one in Ohio

Note to new readers, we have covered immigrant perpetrated food stamp fraud since a store in our Maryland county was raided last year.

Here is a report on today’s case.  You gotta laugh!   Debbie Schlussel has noted on other occasions that the name of the alleged fraudster is often left out of a news story if the name is associated with immigrants from Muslim countries.   Check this out! 

The Ohio Department of Public Safety’s (ODPS) Ohio Investigative Unit executed search warrants Wednesday at a liquor permit establishment in Cleveland and a house in Westlake seizing $384,676 on Dec. 10 after a lengthy food stamp fraud investigation.

Investigative unit agents executed the warrants Wednesday at the A&F Food Market, 2044 W. 65th St., Cleveland, and at the permit holder’s residence in Westlake.

A total of 26 liquor permit violation notices were issued at the A&F Food Market for improper conduct, illegal possession of electronic benefit transfer (EBT) cards, trafficking EBT cards, illegal use of EBT cards, theft offense, drug possession, drug paraphernalia possession, receiving stolen property and illegal possession of Women, Infant and Children coupons.

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Agents seized $23,496 in cash at the market and $361,180 at the residence.

The man’s name is Abdel Salem Ali and he has been running this store for 20 years.  You can listen to a report below describing the search and note that his grown son and daughter were arrested.

Westlake home raided, cash seized in food stamp case
State investigators have seized more than $380000 from a Westlake man targeted in a food stamp fraud case. Agents from the Ohio Department of Public Safety served search warrants Wednesday morning at Abdel Salem Ali’s Cleveland store

Here is our archive on Food Stamp Fraud cases.

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