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WATCH: Ohio Muslim community defends Somali store owners charged with $10M food stamp fraud—They’re ‘helping the community’

People like this are taking advantage of Americans' generosity and making fools of us.

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Is this the new “American dream”?

Stealing from taxpayers and gaming the system?

Do immigrants and refugees come to this country with hopes of ripping us off and scamming the government?

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That’s what it feels like. And Democrats are to blame. They stand on the nation’s debate stage and raise their hands vowing to give “freebies” to illegal aliens. So, of course, these new-style “migrants” and such have no respect for our system or the hardworking American middle class who fund all these freebies.

This is what happens when you open the doors to your country and let everyone in. You become a welfare state for schemers and takers.

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There’s no better example of this than what happened in Columbus, Ohio, where two Somali brothers who owned a market were just indicted for scamming American taxpayers out of $10 million.

But the kicker —and the best example of the “welfare state” mentality— is that other Muslims in the local community are defending these two by saying “they just wanted to help the community.”

The former owners of a Somali specialty market have been charged with food stamp fraud.

A federal grand jury has charged Hassan and Abdurahim Nuriso, former owners of Towfiq Market on Sullivant Avenue, with conspiring fraudulently to redeem more than $10 million in SNAP and WIC benefits between 2010 and 2019.

“It’s very clear in all the regulations what you can and can’t do,” said Asst. U.S. Attorney David Bosley. “You can’t give food stamps for cash, you can’t buy items that are not allowed under the food stamp program, you can’t buy things that aren’t food, and you can’t give credit.”

As part of the alleged conspiracy, the Nuriso brothers are accused of converting illegally obtained food stamp benefits, WIC coupons, and WIC electronic benefits into money, in order to use the money for other purposes.

The five-count indictment also alleges the Nuriso [brothers] allowed SNAP and WIC beneficiaries to purchase items that were not redeemable through the food stamp or WIC programs.

“I know it’s wrong, but he’s really just helping his community out,” Mohammed said. “People are just trying to survive. They get food stamps, but they can’t buy a lot of things with food stamps.”

In total, Hassan and Abdurahim Nuriso are alleged to have redeemed in excess of $8 million of SNAP benefits and nearly $2.1 million in WIC benefits at Towfiq Market between 2010 and November 2019. The government alleges a majority of those redemptions were fraudulent.

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Go pull these scams in your own country. Not here. Not on our dime.

We don’t want people “just trying to survive.” We want people who are contributing to our society to make it better. People who are willing to work hard and do what it takes to succeed.

Not people who have their hands out, stealing from the hardworking American taxpayer so they can “survive” and their friends can make a few million in the process.

People like this are taking advantage of Americans’ generosity and making fools of us.

President Trump was right…they’re not sending their best.

This piece originally appeared on WayneDupree.com and is used by permission.

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