Family convicted of food stamp fraud ordered to pay up

Family convicted of food stamp fraud ordered to pay up

CLEVELAND, OH (WOIO) - In addition to serving more than two-and-half years in jail a Westlake man and his son have been ordered to pay back $931,045 for illegally redeeming food stamps for more than a decade.
 
Mahmoud Zayed, 61, was sentenced to 30 months in prison and his son Ashraf Zayed, 41, got 37 months.

Prosecutors say the Zayeds fraudulently applied for a food stamp vendor license for their convenience store, Al-Manar Market, on West 117 Street in Cleveland. The application claimed that Mahmoud Zayed's relative was the owner of Al-Manar Market but neglected to state that Mahmoud Zayed would be involved in the operations of the market. Mahmoud Zayed had prior state felony convictions related to food stamp fraud which would have barred him from future participation in the food stamp and SNAP programs, according to court documents. 

The Zayeds let customers buy ineligible non-food items like hookah tobacco, pipes and accessories, and calling cards with food stamps.

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