Ohio Imam Steals 3.8 Million from Food Stamp Program, Gets Only 1 Year in Prison

But look on the bright side, if he had killed a few hundred Americans, we would probably be negotiating with him about now. If he ran a major terrorist group, we would be shipping him some free F16s.

 A federal judge on Thursday sentenced Al-Idu Al-Gaheem to one year and one day in prison for his role in a scheme that bilked $3.8 million from the federal food stamp program.

Al-Gaheem, the former owner of two Dayton View businesses and the imam of Masjid At-Taqwa mosque, was the second of four defendants to be sentenced in the case. All four defendants have pleaded guilty.

Al-Gaheem faced as many as four years in prison after he pleaded guilty in August to felony charges of conspiracy to commit money laundering and conspiracy to commit wire fraud, food stamp trafficking and structuring transactions to avoid reporting requirements.

Al-Gaheem, who previously was named Lawrence Phillips, was the owner of Five Pillars Market, 1263 W. Riverview Ave., and Riverview Cell & Cup of Dreams, 512 N. Broadway St.

Al-Gaheem worked and conspired with Abdul Yamini Sr., Abdul Qadir and Omar Yahya to defraud the food-assistance program. The men illegally paid customers 50 cents in cash for every $1 in food stamp benefits they redeemed.

Any guesses how much of that money ended up in the hands of terrorists?

  • kafir4life

    Was Mr. al-gaheem one of those moon god worshippers? Was he following the example set by the pedophile mohamat the dog faced pig, inverntor of islam, and shatter of the terror guide the koran? If so, he was just following his religion, and perfectly acceptable in the good ol' USA. It's not like he was trying to put up a cross or anything.

    • Dan

      Something tells me kafir4life is not a big fan of islam.

  • κατεργάζομαι

    RE: "Ohio Imam Steals 3.8 Million from Food Stamp Program, Gets Only 1 Year in Prison"

    The reparations racket has been around for years. Over 100 million Americans now receive TRILLIONS in federal (stick it to Whitey) welfare reparations.

    ……and TAXPAYERS don't even get a KISS.

    It is very likely the bottom will fall out from under the US dollar. Only so many dollars can be printed before they have no value.

    Read more: Obama's Stealth Redistribution Strategy

    • A 22 Year Old Man

      Speaking of the dollar bottoming out, James Rawles over at survivalblog.com is recommending people stock up on nickels, which still have a certain amount of –surprisingly– nickel in them, which, when the government ceases to mint with, will rise in value by an unforeseeable amount. Those whose wealth is in nickel rather than paper will be sitting pretty(er).

    • Sussex Girl

      We paid reparations 150 years ago in the blood of young men from across the North that soaked into Southern soil. And without refrigeration, there was no way to ship their bodies home so their families could say good bye. Thousands more got home missing limbs and eyes. Seems like payment enough to me.

      • Ednar

        So who are you blaming?
        White people?

        It was the arabs … specifically muslim arabs who with Africas own people who captured & enslaved Africas population!

        Where was there a white person involved?
        They were transported via Spanish & Danish ships.
        Americas received only 5% of the worlds slave trade trade. Europe got 15% castrating the men tho & using the women for sexual objects.

        The first slave in America wasnt black …but white men from Europe, Ireland & England who had NO home, NO relatives NO money & NO where else to go.

        They worked on farms to pay for their food & place to sleep.

      • J. Spearman

        There were more men killed in that war than in WW1, and WW2 together. Both sides lost good men, and it took years to recover from that war. I didn't fight in it. Did you Suxxes Girl? It has been over 150 years ago. The war is over.

  • Moliminous

    $3.8 million represents a crime against an awful lot of US citizens–citizens whose hard-earned monies were usurped by the government to pay for this program. Each of them were wronged. How does a year in jail right those wrongs? Maybe we should have a class-action against this defendant (who pleaded guilty)? One of those actions could be another court case. But I'm thinking reimbursement and retribution.

    How come a banker who steals $3.8 million has to pay back the amounts and/or suffer a great prison term?

    Where's the Justice Department? "We the people" aren't going to put up with this any more.

    I'm amazed that this guy was even caught and/or brought to court.

    Here's a perfect example of the "moral sea" in which we're told to swim. Bad guys get off with a hand slap. After a year he gets to keep his loot (his government "pension"). Big deal. Why in the world should anyone follow the laws of the land if this is all that happens?

    If we keep rewarding evil, evil will win out. And it all starts at the very top of the ladder.

    • objectivefactsmatter

      "Why in the world should anyone follow the laws of the land if this is all that happens?"

      Because of you don't belong to the preferred racial identity or "victims" group, you've got to convert to Islam to have these standards applied to you. Some classes of people must obey the law or suffer the consequences.

      "If we keep rewarding evil, evil will win out. And it all starts at the very top of the ladder."

      That's certainly true now that we have 0'Bama running amok.

  • Spider

    How about a year in jail for each politition who has been enabling this fraud and thousands of others?

  • crypticguise

    Why don't we just publish the names of these terrorist supporters and criminals. Vigilante justice is needed. Death to Islamofascists! Hmmmm, can we do that?

    • Snow White

      Why don't we revoke their citizenship and deport them?

      • objectivefactsmatter

        "Why don't we revoke their citizenship and deport them?"

        They can stand in a very long line waiting for that to happen. Except of course, they'll just get a fake date for a hearing that won't actually be scheduled. That's how it works now that leftists have penetrated all of society.

      • Sussex Girl

        If the one guy's previous name was Lawrence Phillips, I'm guessing he was born here. Nothing to be done about that.

    • objectivefactsmatter

      "Why don't we just publish the names of these terrorist supporters and criminals. Vigilante justice is needed. Death to Islamofascists! Hmmmm, can we do that?"

      It shouldn't have to come to that, but it probably will. That will be what starts the civil war as 0'Bama tries to save his Utopian vision for America from the people trying to save the greatness of America.

  • marios

    Justice department penetrated by Islamists. Justice department is over USA laws. Eric Holder personally covered up by our Muslim President and our "great" Pres. covered up by Eric Holder. It is shocking how fast Barack Hussein Obama transformed great country to country 3rD world with favoritism, corruption, violations of Constitution. Can you imagine that any Christian or Jew steal 3.8 MLN and got sentence for only 1 year. MSM keep silence covering up our Pres and all Judicial system violations. Give me my country and freedom back or give me death!

    • objectivefactsmatter

      "Can you imagine that any Christian or Jew steal 3.8 MLN and got sentence for only 1 year."

      You'd hear his name constantly for decades after that as proof of how evil America, the Jews and Israel are. Anecdotes are all they have, and most of them are lies.

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  • Mel

    Why is it that both Aurora and Sandy Hook were in the Batman movie?

  • HYang

    black bastards

  • Randy

    Muslims are the new protected class in America. Islamunism coming to a town near you and your town soon.

  • marie

    The food stamp fraud has been going on for at least 30 years. They originally changed from paper stamps to a card for that reason. Drug users sell their food stamps to buy drugs. This goes on all over. Sometimes they sell them to the store itself. Some sell them to family members and friends. I am happy to see that some states are finally drug testing applicants for these programs. It will clear up billions of dollars in public assistance funding every year if every state did this.
    Back to the sale of food stamps for cash. I have known single mothers who receive food stamps as a supplement to their employment because they are barely able to pay the household bills from their paychecks. The kids need to eat. In some cases they don't have even enough cash from their paychecks after paying their bills to buy diapers and other basic household items. They will sell their food stamps to obtain cash for these things. I mean basics like toilet paper and soap.
    With foodstamps you can buy a cold hoagie from a deli, candy by the tons, anything that is edible and can be stored for later. However you can not buy a package of cheap diapers for your baby, toilet paper for your house, or soap to wash with. Most places in the United States are more expensive to maintain than the minimum wage allows for. YES these people were wrong for buying the food stamps. YES they broke the law and should be punished. NO this is not the fault of our president.

  • Mel

    How about when someone is denied food stamps and told it is because they are on SSI but they are not on SSI and even get a letter from Social Security stating they do not get SSI and when they take the letter to the food stamp office, the clerk looks at it and then just throws it down and says You get SSI and still refuses to give the person food stamps, even though all they were getting in the first place was only ten dollars a month worth of food stamps. Some said this is part of gangstalking, the organized bullying that is going on.