Food Stamp Fraud Case Indicts Father And Son
According to the prosecution, Ali Mugalli Hassan, 32, and Mugalli Ahmed Hassan, 50, both of Alameda, were found guilty of conspiring to defraud the United States, defrauding the government of benefits amounting to more than $5,000, conspiring to commit wire fraud, and committing wire fraud.
Family members worked as cashiers at the convenience shop owned and run by Ali Mugalli Hassan on International Boulevard in Oakland.
The convenience store served as a Supplemental Nutritional Assistance Program (SNAP) approved vendor.
According to the prosecution, the store made a significant number of SNAP transactions, including redeeming more than $2.3 million in benefits between August 2014 and November 2017.
By charging purchases to customers’ energy benefits transaction cards when they got few or no eligible products, the defendants were able to conduct fraudulent SNAP transactions through the convenience shop, according to evidence presented at the trial.