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

Posted By Daniel Greenfield On December 17, 2012 @ 1:40 pm In The Point | 23 Comments

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?


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