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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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White House Guests KNEEL During National Anthem, Trump Makes Them Immediately Regret It

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The Marine Corp band in their bright red uniforms were on the south balcony of the White House on a bright, sunny Tuesday in Washington, DC. The Army Chorus sang, beginning the event with ‘America the Beautiful’ and concluded with ‘God Bless America’. At least two people who were guests at President Trump’s Celebration of America event yesterday knelt, showing exactly why so many Americans are ticked over the National Anthem controversy.

The event replaced a celebration at the White House in honor of the Super Bowl win for the Philadelphia Eagles. These two disrespectful idiots took a knee as the “Star Spangled Banner” rang out across the South Lawn of the White House. Simply disgraceful. These aren’t social justice warriors… these are unpatriotic jerks.

A video was posted to Twitter by a reporter for SVT, the Swedish national public TV broadcaster. It shows a man, wearing a light blue button down, kneeling as the National Anthem played, before clapping and ultimately coming to his feet after the song finished. I guess he thought that was his five minutes of fame or something.

What it really amounted to was making a fool out of himself internationally. President Trump showcases all of these liberal dimwits for what they are… America-hating, radical leftists who are far more interested in hating our brave police officers and our country than they are in respecting America and taking national pride in their country and President.

When President Trump took the podium, he blew his audience away with his love for our country, military, police, flag and the National Anthem. He made every single person who disrespects them like this look like the small, craven liberals that they really are. The man, who did not identify himself, left the event immediately after the United States Marine Band performed the anthem, according to a news anchor for TV2 Denmark. Gee, crawling away with his tail between his legs like the lowly cur he his. Guess he couldn’t stand patriotism after he showed how much he hates his own country.

There was a second man who was pictured kneeling as well. That was posted to Twitter by a CNN White House producer. He was wearing a light blue checkered shirt and had a little American flag. This guy was right up front. He was also apparently the same person who reportedly heckled Trump. That guy was roundly booed by everyone around him. CNN’s analyst April Ryan posted false news on Twitter yesterday claiming people were booing Trump when it was the heckler they went after. She eventually retracted what she said after her own colleagues called her out on the lie. “Stop hiding behind the armed services and the National Anthem,” the guy yelled to a chorus of boos, according to the Daily Mail. “Let’s hear it for the Eagles.” “Go home,” one person shouted at the heckler.

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The President didn’t engage the heckler, but looked in his direction and pursed his lips. He looked like he wanted to smack him. Right there with ya.

President Trump disinvited the Philadelphia Eagles to the White House after they at first said they had more than 70 players coming to the People’s House to celebrate. By this week, that number had dropped to less than ten and then to only one player. They kept trying to change the date to one where President Trump would be out of the country. I don’t blame the President in the least for canceling the visit. That was totally appropriate. If you insist on being ungrateful and insulting a sitting President of the United States, then you don’t deserve the honor of going to the White House period.

Trump claimed on Monday that the team disagreed “with their President because he insists that they proudly stand for the National Anthem, hand on heart, in honor of the great men and women of our military and the people of our country.” Eagles players denied that accusation, pointing out that no one on the team knelt for the anthem during last season. But that has nothing to do with how each individual on the team states his beliefs and shows his disrespect for President Trump.

White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders accused the team of a “political stunt” just minutes before Tuesday’s alternative event began, claiming the players had chosen to “abandon their fans.” That’s exactly what they did. “If this wasn’t a political stunt by the Eagles franchise then they wouldn’t have committed to attend the event and then backed out,” she said in her Tuesday press briefing. “And if it wasn’t a political stunt, they wouldn’t have attempted to reschedule the visit while the President was overseas.”

Trump was brief in his remarks and only spoke for about four minutes. He began by explaining why it’s an issue of patriotism for Americans to stand for the National Anthem. “We love our flag and stand for our National Anthem,” Trump said to great applause from the crowd on the South Lawn of the White House. “We stand to honor our military and to honor country and to honor the fallen heroes who never made it back home.” Yes, we do… and those that don’t can take a hike.

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Melania Unveils This Year’s White House Christmas Decorations That Libs Are SURE To Hate

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Melania Trump’s first year in office was marked by immense criticism of our incredible first lady, who in the eyes of the Trump family’s numerous detractors, Melania could do nothing right, or at least as well as her predecessor, Michelle Obama. This included her full Christmas decor plan, which was stunning in silver and white, and a beautiful modern take on the same tired style that Michelle un-creatively came up with.

This year’s decorations will likely be no different, if not worse.

Last year, liberals claimed she decked the halls in depression and gloom, likening it to looking more like a haunted house than a holiday home. So, what will they say about this year’s new look?

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FLOTUS doesn’t just slay on the fashion front. Her decorating skills are off the charts. (Yes, yes– I know she didn’t do this by herself, but if you really believe she didn’t have a say, you’re nuuuuuuuuuuuuts.)

ANYWHO. She finally unveiled this year’s White House Christmas decorations, and they’re GORGEOUS.

You have no idea how much I want to stroll through those halls of beautifully decorated trees. Oh well. I’ll have to settle for the aisles of Hobby Lobby.

It all looks great. I’m obsessed. TY, that is all.

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