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Tue Feb 13, 2018, 09:21 AM

Minimart owner gave $100 cash for every $200 of food stamps, is headed to prison

A Southeast Portland convenience store owner who paid customers 50 cents for every dollar that they had coming to them in welfare benefits has been sentenced to nearly two years in prison.

Investigators said Nasr Iskander operated his minimart at a Shell gas station on Southeast Powell Boulevard like an ATM by allowing card-carrying recipients in the government's Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program to receive cash instead of food.

Iskander might charge $200 worth of phantom food to a recipientís benefits card, then hand that person back $100 in cash, according to a probable cause affidavit.

Iskander, in turn, would pocket $100 for himself.

Over 3 Ĺ years, Iskander swindled the state out of $189,000 meant to buy food for low-income Oregonians. But his customers also were willing participants in Iskanderís scheme.

Read more: http://www.oregonlive.com/portland/index.ssf/2018/02/minimart_owner_gave_100_cash_f.html

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Response to TexasTowelie (Original post)

Tue Feb 13, 2018, 09:38 AM

1. This happens because of addictions mostly

The customers use the cash to buy alcohol (or drugs) they can`t buy with the food cards. A good drug policy would help with so many problems we have in this Country.

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Tue Feb 13, 2018, 09:42 AM

2. So what were those getting $90K eating?

And were they prosecuted for fraud as well?

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