A part owner of an Omaha food store was convicted Friday of one count of Food Stamp Fraud. Abdirahman Farah Mohammed was found not guilty on a second count of the same crime.
U.S. Attorney Deborah R. Gilg says during an undercover sting operation on February 22, 2009, a cooperating witness went into the Omaha International Food Mart with an EBT card supplied by law enforcement.
The witness used the card to purchase a small amount of food and asked Mohammed to overcharge him by $100 and give him $100 back in cash. Mohammed agreed to do it.
During a three-day trial before Judge Joseph F. Bataillon, a federal jury learned that Mohammed acknowledged that he was aware the EBT card was only to be used for food purchases.
Mohammed faces up to five years in prison and a $250,000 fine when he is sentenced April 27.
The investigation involved the FBI, the USDA, Nebraska’s Department of Health and Human Services, Omaha Police and the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office.