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Store owner accused of buying food stamps from customers

Posted at 1:15 PM, Mar 20, 2019
and last updated 2019-03-20 14:15:18-04

State Police arrested 25-year-old Mohammad Abudayeh of Alexandria for unauthorized use of supplemental nutrition assistance program (SNAP) benefits, computer fraud, money laundering, racketeering, and bank fraud.

Troopers say he owned the Food Mart on 3rd Street and was buying food stamps from residents there.  Abudayeh reportedly had more than $1.2 million in Louisiana Purchase transactions from October 2017 to March 2019.

From LA State Police

Investigators say they seized approximately $340,000 and 11 cases of alcohol at Abudayeh’s home; the alcohol  was discovered to be stolen from a local grocery store. Following the search warrants, Abudayeh, who was already being held at the Rapides Parish Jail on an unrelated charge, was charged with these additional offenses.