A grocery store owner in Connecticut has finally been arrested after police caught him engaging in food stamp fraud over the course of 18 months.
Tallat Mahmood was caught allowing his patrons to use their food stamp (SNAP) benefits on items that don’t qualify for SNAP, like cooked food, non-food items, and well as allowing them to trade food stamps for cash.
Hartford police figured out that with the amount of eligible items in the store, Mahmood should have only qualified to receive $240,000 from food stamp benefits. Instead, the store “redeemed a total of $3.2 million in food stamp benefits between November of 2014 and June of 2016,” says AmericaNow.
A Connecticut grocery store worker was arrested and charged with committing food stamp fraud over the course of 18 months.Tallat Mahmood reportedly allowed customers to use their food stamps for ineligible items and cash – meaning that the store would have redeemed a total of $3.2 million in food stamp benefits between November of 2014 and June of 2016.With the amount of eligible items at the store, the most they would lawfully have been able to redeem was $240,000 per year, the Hartford Courant reported.Mahmoud pleaded guilty to unlawful use of food stamp benefits and conspiracy to commit food stamp fraud.