Criminal Law

Two Charged With Stealing $20 Million in SNAP Benefits from a Bodega in NYC

Two people have been charged with stealing millions of dollars in benefits from the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program out of a New York City bodega one of them owned.

Dawood Kassim, 31, and Dia Alqalisi, 26, are accused of having made thousands of transactions through SNAP, formerly known as the food stamp program, out of a bodega in Brooklyn that Kassim owned, the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of New York said in a news release Tuesday.

Typically through the SNAP Program, which uses federal tax dollars to subsidize low-income households, recipients use electronic benefit transfer, or EBT, cards to make purchases for household needs and food.

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