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2 Men Sentenced To MASSIVE Welfare Fraud – Notice The Shocking Thing They Have In Common

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Two Middle Eastern brothers who were accused of a massive welfare fraud scheme at a Portland grocery store in 2016 have now been sentenced to federal prison.

41-year-old Ali Ratib Daham, of Westbrook, pleaded guilty in November to conspiracy to defraud the United States government, money laundering and theft of government funds, he was sentenced to three years Monday. And his brother, 23-year-old Abdulkareem Daham, was sentenced to two years after being convicted of conspiracy to defraud the U.S. during a jury trial. Reports say the two brothers allegedly traded $1.4 million in federal food benefits for cash.

Federal agents raided the Ahram Halal Market back in 2016 after being tipped off about unusually high sales at the establishment involving food stamps.

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Prosecutors then confirmed the brothers allowed customers to exchange food assistance benefits for cash at a discounted rate from June 2011 through April 2016. That’s 5 years of fraud. A federal prosecutor called the scheme “one of the largest, if not the largest, fraud cases involving [Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program] benefits in [Maine].”

Here is more on this story via The New York Daily News:

“PORTLAND, Maine — Two brothers accused of a massive welfare fraud scheme at a Portland grocery store have been sentenced to federal prison.

The Bangor Daily News reports that 41-year-old Ali Ratib Daham of Westbrook pleaded guilty in November to conspiracy to defraud the United States government, money laundering and theft of government funds. He was sentenced to three years on Monday.

He was sentenced to three years in prison for the $1.4 million scam, according to the Bangor Daily News.

A federal prosecutor called the case “one of the largest, if not the largest, fraud cases involving (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program) benefits in (Maine),” the Bangor Daily News reported.

His brother 23-year-old Abdulkareem Daham was sentenced to two years after being convicted of conspiracy to defraud the U.S. during a jury trial.

Federal agents raided Ahram Halal Market in 2016 after being tipped off of unusually high sales at the market coming from food stamps. Prosecutors said the brothers had allowed customers to exchange food assistance benefits for cash at a discounted rate from June 2011 through April 2016.

The older brother will have to cough up $1.4 million in restitution, while the younger brother was ordered to pay $955,000, the Bangor Daily News reported.”

The Dahams are Iraqi natives who fled the country in the mid-2000s during Iraqi Freedom and opened the Portland business in 2011. In a statement the older brother said he broke the law in order to help Portland’s immigrant community, but Assistant U.S. Attorney James Chapman argued that the welfare-for-cash fraud harmed those immigrants by “providing ammunition to those who would seek to restrict welfare benefits.”

The brothers were also ordered to pay restitution and sentenced to supervised release following their prison terms.

This is just sick. Even though most large-scale welfare fraud cases seem to involve middle eastern men these days, these two brothers’ case is worse. They commit food stamp fraud in order to enrich themselves and then they say they did it to help the community? Seems like an argument a drug dealer might make as to why he sells illegal drugs on the street.

Here is more information on another case of Food Stamp fraud via Angry Patriot:

“A massive welfare fraud scheme was unearthed and ultimately sent 14 people to jail. The criminals who stole from Americans taxpayers all have one very significant thing in common!

The Baltimore area retail store operators charged with welfare fraud all have Middle Eastern names! The fraud indictment states the retail store operators received more than $16 million in federal (i.e. taxpayer funded) reimbursements for food they did not actually sell to the poor, CBS reports.

Welfare fraud, commonly referred to as “food stamp trafficking,” cheats We the People out of our hard-earned money. The USDA Food and Nutrition Service must approve all the retailers who offer the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), formerly known as the Food Stamp Program.

In Maryland, poor citizens are provided an electronic “benefit” transfer card, or EBT card, to buy groceries. The card functions like a debit card and is scanned at an approved store’s checkout.

Retailers who participate in the food stamp program deduct the cash value of the purchase from the consumers’ SNAP balance. The USDA then pays retailers for the purchased food after sending a bill to the federal government.

The Baltimore welfare fraud defendants are accused of exchanging EBT benefits for cash. The store provides the welfare recipient cash instead of food with enough leftover for the store to also make a profit. Such schemes are believed to occur in states around the country. The food stamp recipients who participate in such schemes are also committing an illegal act and defrauding the American people who pay for their food.

“USDA has a zero tolerance policy on fraud, and we continue to strengthen our anti-fraud tactics to identify and exclude bad actors. More than any other factor, we know that the change in the trafficking rate is being driven by the growth in the number of smaller retailers where trafficking occurs at ten times the rate of larger grocery stores and supermarkets,” said Kevin Concannon, Agriculture Undersecretary for Food, Nutrition, and Consumer Services, as per USDA.

In an effort to avoid getting caught, the suspects with Middle Eastern names who own the stores had the welfare recipients’ debit money from the cards in a series of transactions over hours or days, the Department of Justice said.

Some of the store operators allegedly sold food at substantially reduced prices and then split the federal reimbursement money with the food stamp participants.

“The food stamp program is intended to put food on the tables of needy recipients, not to put money in the pockets of greedy criminals,” said United States Attorney Rod J. Rosenstein. “Honest store owners work hard to earn a profit by actually selling food, and food producers and distributors also benefit. People who play by the rules deserve to know that criminals who defraud them will be held accountable.”

The welfare fraud defendants face up to 20 years in prison for each count of wire fraud, up to five years behind bars for conspiracy to commit food stamp fraud and wire fraud, and a maximum of five years in jail for food stamp fraud.”

 

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Judge Just Opened the FLOODGATES For Illegals To Sway Midterm Vote – Too Late Now!

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It’s appalling that this judge is allowed to do this? None of this should be allowed. Amazing how desperate a political party will get. Lie, cheat and steal is the only way for them.

When are these people going to serve time for illegal voting?

From The Gateway Pundit:

A New Hampshire activist judge on Monday put a temporary injunction on a Republican-backed law requiring new voters to show proof of residency when they register.

The judge says requiring proof of residency would lengthen lines and make it harder for students, disabled voters and others to cast their votes.

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“Where the law threatens to disenfranchise an individual’s right to vote, the only viable remedy is to enjoin its enforcement,” Judge Kenneth C. Brown wrote in his decision.

The judge also said the registration form is too complicated for people to understand.

Reuters reported:

The temporary injunction against the Republican-backed law comes two weeks before U.S. Congressional elections that will determine whether opposition Democrats or U.S. President Donald Trump’s Republicans retain full control of the federal government’s legislative branch.

The measure, which passed largely along party lines and went into effect last year, required those seeking to register within 30 days of an election to present documents proving that they live in the area where they intend to vote. Without such proof, they must agree to either send it in within 10 days or the state will seek to verify their domicile.
The law does not require proof of address when voting.

The legislation is the subject of a lawsuit filed by League of Women Voters of New Hampshire and other groups, who said it would disenfranchise numerous groups including students, the disabled and homeless voters. The measure will be put on hold while the merits of the case are decided.

New Hampshire Congresswoman Carol Shea-Porter, a Democrat, welcomed the ruling.

“This law undermines our state’s reputation for holding free and fair elections, and it hurts our democracy,” she said in a statement.

The New Hampshire Associate Attorney General said through a spox that the state is reviewing the court order, according to Reuters.

New Hampshire has a long history of voter fraud and everyone who lives there knows this to be true.

In February of 2017, Project Veritas undercover journalists caught election officials in Nashua, New Hampshire welcoming out of state voters with open arms.
N.H. Election worker: “If you want to vote today, you might want to tell them that you’re staying with a friend and you’re here indefinitely which sounds like it’s true.”

P.V. Journalist: “Ok, got you. It’s not 100% true. But I understand.”

N.H. Election worker: “Right, but you’re here indefinitely and your address is at your friends house and then you would be able to vote.”

The Washington Times reported last year that vote fraud may have tipped New Hampshire against Trump since it was such a tight race:

More than 6,500 people registered to vote in New Hampshire on Nov. 8 using out-of-state driver’s licenses, and since then the vast majority have neither obtained an in-state license nor registered a motor vehicle.

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Many Americans Should Prepare For Arrest Before Midterms As Dems Make Way For Invaders

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This is nothing but an invasion and must be stopped now!

A man with dual-citizenship in Mexico and the United States was arrested as he took part in the migrant caravan. He helped organize one earlier this year, also.

If other American citizens are helping this caravan or future ones, they could also be arrested by Mexican authorities.

From Conservative Daily Post:

If it weren’t abundantly clear that the migrant caravan was really an organized invasion of the United States, the fact that an ‘immigrant activist’ who was involved in the last illegal incursion was arrested in Mexico for organizing the ‘movement’ should remove all doubt.

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Irineo Mujica, who helped organize the last batch of invaders, was arrested Thursday in Ciudad Hidalgo, after the caravan illegally crossed into Mexico from Tecun Umam, Guatemala.

No one can deny that these invaders, mostly military age men, are criminal lawbreakers, but somehow, he’s being labeled a ‘humanitarian.’

Many people ask if it’s ‘humanitarian’ to march people across Central America, encourage them to break every country’s law, and watch as they are stirred into an ignorant frenzy, burning U.S. flags with swastikas on them?

Perhaps for liberals, that is the definition?

AZ Central slanted the fact that a man with dual citizenship was ‘roughly’ pulled into the van of Mexican authorities after plucked him from the migrant group.

Mujica was not involved in organizing the most recent caravan, claimed another instigator, Alex Mensing, a coordinator with Pueblo Sin Fronteras, the group that organized the previous invasion.

“He was not involved in organizing the beginnings of the caravan,” Mensing claimed, saying that Mujica was helping organize ‘humanitarian assistance.’

The instigators claim the group wanted to “welcome a large wave of migrants,” mostly from Honduras, preparing to cross over into Mexico.

Of course, the ‘crossing’ was completely illegal, but that is not mentioned.

“They were having a peaceful march,” Mensing said.

Mexican federal police and immigration officers “broke up the group and went straight for Irineo,” Mensing said.

The article stated, “Mujica was jailed and has been charged with obstructing authorities, according to information distributed to media outlets on WhatsApp, a messaging app.

Mujica was released midday Saturday, Mensing said, and must post a 10,000 peso bond, equivalent to about $520.

He also forfeited his documents, and was ordered not to leave Tapachula until his case is resolved, Mensing said.”

The president has condemned the illegal invasion, and warned he would shut down the Southern border if Mexico cannot stop the incursion.

President Trump has also threatened to withhold billions of dollars in U.S. aid to El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras, unless action is taken.

Mexico sent aircraft filled with officers to intercept the illegal invasion force, but with so many liberals helping them, most people agree that this group, being used as pawns by the political left, will reach the border.

It will be up to President Trump to stop them from pouring into the country and American voters to usher in a Congress that will support him.

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