Updated - 3:24 on Thursday, May 2
Syracuse (WSYR-TV) – Syracuse Police and several other law-enforcement agencies cracked down on three city stores accused of bilking New York State’s Food Stamps program out of hundreds of thousands of dollars.
Four suspects were arrested during the sweep.
Police executed search warrants at the following stores:
- S&R Convenience, 303 South Ave., Syracuse: $210,000 in fraud
- Lexington Market, 105 Lexington Ave., Syracuse: $170,000 in fraud
- All American Market, 401 Pond St., Syracuse: $60,000 in fraud
Police charged Moufida and Edres Ibrahim at the All American Market; Malek Mobarez at S&R Convenience; and Joudah Mere at Lexington Market.
City police executed search warrants in cooperation with the USDA Inspector General’s Office, the Onondaga County District Attorney’s Office; the Onondaga County Department of Social Services; and the New York State Tax and Finance office.
Police said the raids were the result of a six-month investigation.
"People were going into these stores and selling these benefit cards - so for example if someone had $100, they might sell it to the store for $40 and then the store cashes in for the full $100. That's fraud, fraud to the taxpayers," said Syracuse Police Sgt. Tom Connellan.