Food stamp fraud at St. Paul store lands 3 in prison
- January 31, 2008 - 9:16 PM
Three men connected with Twins Market and Meats in St. Paul have been ordered to pay more than $1 million in restitution for fraudulently redeeming food stamps.
Store owner Anwar Sarama, 32, of Bloomington, was sentenced to 24 months in prison and store manager Soud Salem, 46, of Farmington, was sentenced to 36 months in prison.
Both men were ordered to pay a total of $757,320.66 in restitution.
Store employee Amjud Musleh, 28, of Bloomington, was sentenced to 18 months in prison and ordered to pay $402,302.91 in restitution.
Another employee, Amjud Sarama, 37, of Bloomington, was put on probation for one year for exchanging food stamps for cash and non-eligible items during two transactions.
The investigation showed that food stamp redemptions steadily increased to more than $100,000 a month under Salem's management compared to an average of $25,333 a month from June 2004 to July 2006 under the previous owners.
Mary Lynn Smith • 612-673-4788
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