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Brook Park brothers admit to $2 million food-stamp fraud
They'll be sentenced in April for trading food stamps through their stores
by WKSU's M.L. SCHULTZE


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M.L. Schultze
 
In The Region:

Two Brook Park men who operated convenience stores in the area have admitted they defrauded the government of some $2 million by buying food stamps at a discount and by accepting them as payments for beer, cigarettes and other ineligible items.

According to the U.S. attorneys office, 41-year-old Saed Wahdan and his 42-year-old brother, Maher, each pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit food stamp fraud, food stamp fraud and unlawful redemption of food stamps. Maher Wahdan also pleaded guilty to theft of public funds. 

The pair admitted that for more than four years, they accepted the food stamps at the four stores they own,  but held in other people’s names. Both brothers had previous convictions that precluded them from the food stamp program. 

The U.S. attorney’s office wants a federal judge to order the brothers to forfeit their properties. They’re to be sentenced next April. Charges are pending against a third defendant.

 

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