What kind ridiculous laws would give these swindlers a lighter sentence? This family claims innocence but they’ve been doing this up until now…they had to know! They were also previously caught doing the same thing back in 1990:
By letter of July 19, 1990 the State of Wisconsin, Department of Health and Human Services, Division of Health (hereinafter referred to as DH&HS), informed the plaintiffs they were being disqualified from WIC, based on Zaki Pantry Food, Inc.’s: 1) acceptance of WIC drafts without program authorization, 2) submission of false information to WIC regarding store ownership, and 3) the adverse history of Mohammad Zaki Ahmad with the WIC and food stamp program, which resulted in a September 21, 1989 notice of termination from WIC for three (3) years for program abuse.
According to this letter, the DH&HS’ investigation revealed the plaintiffs were accepting and depositing WIC drafts as late as May 24, 1990, despite a change of ownership in the Zaki Pantry Food, Inc. on April 1, 1990, in violation of administrative regulations which provide a change of ownership automatically terminates the previous vendor’s WIC authorization. The disqualification letter further stated John P. Sabin, Vendor Relations Manager for the Wisconsin WIC, informed plaintiff Elham Rahim on April 19, 1990 that she could not accept WIC drafts until authorized to do so. The letter indicated that, under Wis. Admin. Code § HSS 149.06(1)(a)(7)(c) & (10), provision of false information on a WIC application regarding the vendor’s ownership or management, and acceptance of WIC drafts prior to receiving authorization from the state WIC office, respectively, are Class A Offenses. Finally, the plaintiffs were advised of their right to appeal from the WIC disqualification decision and that federal regulations provide for withdrawal of the food stamp program authorization for a store disqualified from WIC, and, consequently, the food stamp program would be informed of the WIC disqualification. The plaintiffs did not appeal the July 19, 1990 WIC disqualification.
Thereafter, by letter dated September 25, 1990, the FNS notified the plaintiffs that food stamp program authorization was being withdrawn because of the denial of WIC authorization.
There are many, many cases like this one every week! Stealing from American taxpayers has become epidemic!
An Oak Creek woman and her son have been indicted on allegations of stealing $3 million from the federal government through a benefits program intended to help the poor, according to court records.
The indictment, released late Wednesday, says the fraud was committed at Family Super Saver store, 2301 W. Hopkins St., from 2009 to 2014. The indictment was handed down by the grand jury Tuesday.
Elham M. “Brenda” Abdul Rahim and Ahmad Zaki Abdul Rahim were both indicted on a count of conspiracy to commit wire fraud. Elham Rahim also was indicted on counts of fraud and unauthorized use of food stamps, while Ahmad Rahim was also indicted on a count of lying to investigators from the U.S. Department of Agriculture.
The conspiracy count carries up to 20 years in prison, but the defendants are likely to get much less time in prison under federal sentencing guidelines if they are convicted.
Ahmad Rahim said Wednesday he didn’t know that he and his mother had been indicted and he denied being involved in any fraud. He said his father, who has since died, used to run the store and he could not account for how he ran the operation.
According to the indictment:
The Rahims used the store to exchange Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program cards for cash. Through the program, recipients get a debit card. The defendants would swipe the card for a certain amount, say $400, and give half the amount to the recipients in cash and keep the rest. The store would charge the government for the entire $400.