BESSEMER GROCER PLEADS GUILTY TO $5 MILLION FOOD STAMP FRAUD
BESSEMER, Ala. (AP) – A Bessemer grocery store owner has pleaded guilty to defrauding the food stamp program of more than $5 million, structuring cash transactions and laundering money to hide the illegal profit and evading federal income taxes.
According to a news release from U.S. Attorney Joyce White Vance, 50-year-old Hasan F. Ahmed pleaded guilty to the charges on Tuesday. Ahmed agreed to forfeit $5.2 million to the government as proceeds of his crimes.
Ahmed owned Associated Discount Foods in Bessemer. The release says Ahmed illegally swapped food stamps for cash, at less than the stamps’ face value, and allowed customers to purchase ineligible items with food stamp benefits at inflated rates.
Ahmed filed a tax return for the 2013 tax year claiming a total income of $24,728 when his actual income was $210,927.
His sentencing date hasn’t been set.