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Updated: Friday, July 31 2015, 01:19 PM EDT
Rochester, N.Y. – Two Rochester business owners were arrested for food stamp fraud, totaling more than $20,000, according to the New York State Inspector General Catherine Leahy Scott.
Nabil Saeed, 58, the owner and operator of Discount Food Market at 752 Avenue D and Kamalaldain Ahmed, 55, the owner and operator of Hudson Best Mini Mart at 1004 Hudson Ave., both of Rochester, were arrested and charged with misuse of food stamps.
The two men are accused of illegally exchanging food stamps for cash from January 2013 and May 2015.
“These local business owners were entrusted to be part of a safety net for those in need, but instead, my investigation found they violated that trust by taking advantage of the public benefits system and the individuals and families it was meant to serve,” said Inspector General Leahy Scott.
The two store owners are accused of being involved in a food stamp trafficking scheme, in which store owners would give discounted cash payments to customers in exchange for food stamps, then submit the whole food stamp amount to the USDA for reimbursement. The store owners also allowed customers to purchase things not allowed under food stamp guidelines, like cigarettes, prepared food and clothes.
Ahmed was arraigned in Rochester City Court. Saeed is scheduled for arraignment at a later date.
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