Talib Kadhim of Connecticut, has been sentenced to 15 months of prison and three years of supervised release for one count of food stamp fraud for defrauding the Food Stamp Program out of $94,049.59.
Apparently, from January of 2008 until March of 2009, Kadhim fraudulently redeemed food stamps for cash and other ineligible items at a market that he in fact owned called the Mari Mart. The fraudulent items were taken or redeemed at his own order by himself or directed towards employees of the Mart.
The federal Food Stamp Program is administered by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food and Nutrition Service and utilizes federal tax dollars to subsidize low-income households, affording such households the opportunity to achieve a more nutritious diet by increasing their food-purchasing power.
Food stamp recipients purchase eligible food items at retail food stores through the use of an EBT card, which is similar to an ATM card. Food stamp benefits may be accepted by authorized retailers only in exchange for eligible items. Items such as alcoholic beverages, cigarettes, paper goods and soaps are not eligible for purchase with food stamp benefits, and it is a violation of the rules and regulations governing the food stamp program to allow benefits to be used to purchase ineligible items.
Food stamp benefits may not lawfully be exchanged for cash under any circumstances. The program is designed so that the total amount of each purchase is electronically transferred to the retailer’s designated bank account – Source.
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