A Muslim Deli owner in Buffalo is charged with welfare fraud and is being held on $2,000,000 bail.
37-year-old Ahmed al Shami is charged with charged with criminal possession of Public Benefit Cards, criminal use of a public benefit card, and misuse of food stamps.
He allegedly was purchasing EBT (welfare) cards with cash for half their value and then using the cards to buy goods for his store totaling $3,811.56.
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WKBW also reports that the DA's office says on March 16, Alshami allegedly knowingly and unlawfully entered an unoccupied rental property at 37 Davey St. He is accused of stealing kitchen cabinets, a hot water tank and baseboard heating units.
Alshami pleaded not guilty to the misuse of food stamps and burglary charges.
Outside the court room, Alshami's wife and daughter, dressed in hijabs, were seen flipping off camera and yelling “f*ck you, America.”