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Brothers sentenced in Ohio food-stamp fraud case

Published: Thu, July 10, 2014 @ 5:35 p.m.

CLEVELAND (AP) — Northeast Ohio brothers have been sentenced to four-and-a-half years in federal prison for their roles in a $2 million food stamp fraud scheme.

A judge today also ordered 42-year-old Saed Wahdan and 43-year-old Maher Wahdan to pay a total of $200,000 in restitution. They pleaded guilty earlier to food-stamp fraud charges.

They were accused of buying food-stamp recipients’ debit cards at a discount and using the cards to buy products at retail outlets to stock shelves at their four stores in Cleveland.

They also were accused of putting stores in straw owners’ names to get permits for a federal nutrition program. Prosecutors say one straw owner never was in the store he supposedly owned.

The brothers’ attorneys say the sentences are fair.


1georgejeanie(1494 comments)posted 1 year, 11 months ago

and that is only the tip of the iceberg. Every program this federal government runs is rife with corruption and it has only gotten worse under the current administration.

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2jfgiancola(177 comments)posted 1 year, 11 months ago

This is going on here in Youngstown also. I work at a local dollar store and have witnessed this. I contacted Mahoning County JFS and nobody seemed to care in fact seemed annoyed that I called

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3DSquared(1778 comments)posted 1 year, 11 months ago

Business as usual in the Gub'mint!

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