Texas Grocer Sentenced In Food Stamp Fraud Case

FORT WORTH (January 25, 2013)—Ali Ugas Mohamud of Arlington, a grocer who prosecutors say ran an unlicensed money transmitting business, was sentenced Friday to nearly five years in prison for fraud.

A federal judge in Fort Worth also ordered Mohamud to pay more than $1.4 million in restitution.

Mohamud owned Tawakal Grocery Store, which participated in the state's electronic public assistance program.

He pleaded guilty last fall to seven counts of food stamp fraud, five counts of wire fraud and to conducting an unlicensed money transmitting business.

Investigators say Mohamud exchanged food stamp benefits for cash or wired money to other individuals in Somalia using food stamp benefits.

Mohamud also wired thousands of dollars from Affiliated Computer Services Inc., which operates EBT management for retailers, to his bank in Arlington, they said.

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