O'Fallon man sentenced to 33 months in prison for food stamp fraud

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Posted on June 16, 2011 at 11:26 AM

Updated Thursday, Jun 16 at 10:16 PM

(KMOV) – An O’Fallon, Illinois man is sentenced to 33 months in federal prison and will likely be deported to his home country, Jordan, for pleading guilty to food stamp and wire fraud.

Federal agents raided Rami Mohammad’s Quik Stop convenience store in Washington Park nearly two and a half years ago.

At the time, Mohammad told News 4 the agents were investigating him because of his name and that he was not a terrorist.

Prosecutors say Mohammad would buy food stamp cards for cash.

Mohammad would give the cardholder half the card’s value in cash and then pocket the rest.  He would then key in a list of fake grocery purchases and then wait for the government to reimburse the store’s account for the total amount.

Mohammad’s wife says deportation would be tough on the family because schools and health care are not as good in Jordan. 
 

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