BALTIMORE — Mohammad Shafiq, 51, has been sentenced to four years prison time for illegally partaking in a massive food stamp scam.
U.S. District Judge Richard D. Bennett issued the sentencing to Shafiq after it was discovered that he was illegally trafficking food stamps. Shafiq will be joining 14 other retailers who were prosecuted for similar fraudulent activities.
In addition, Shafiq will have to face three years of supervised release after his sentence ends. According to Breitbart, Shafiq will also have to pay out $3.7 million in restitutions.
According to the official indictment, Shafiq and the other retailers stole a grand total of $16 million from the U.S. Department of Agriculture through illegal exchanges of food stamps for cash. So far, twelve out of the 14 retailers have been found guilty.
Across the country, similar food stamp fraud cases have been prevalent. In Florida, more than $20 million worth of food stamp fraud cases at retailers have been uncovered, while the city of Chicago itself has had more than 140 stores exposed for food stamp fraud.
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