Last week, Emad Khalil Karaein, Jawad Khalil-Ahmad Karaein, and Khader Khalil Karaein pleaded guilty for their roles in a food stamp fraud scheme at the Middle Eastern Market in Grand Rapids, Michigan, that cost taxpayers at least $1,278,700.
The scam, which ran for nine years, involved the commonly used cash-for-food stamp scheme that trades reduced cash amounts for taxpayer-funded welfare benefits.
According to WZZM, the Middle Eastern Market bagged nearly $736,000 in Michigan Bridge Card (EBT) program and some $544,000 from the Women, Infant, and Children (WIC) welfare program.
Meanwhile, in Florida, authorities busted up another multi-million food stamp fraud that resulted in a guilty plea in federal court last Tuesday by Basem Abualteen, who helped steal over $2.1 million in taxpayer-funded food stamp funds, reports the Lakeland Ledger. Shoenekia Abu-Aish pleaded guilty to involvement in the same scam earlier in December.
Since January, 2009, the number of individuals on food stamps in America has skyrocketed from 31.9 million to 46,459,998.