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Two women sentenced in $365,000 food stamp fraud

Forum News Service

FARGO -- Two Fargo residents were sentenced in federal court Thursday in a $365,000 food stamps fraud case, U.S. Attorney Christopher Myers said in a statement.

Lamia Ali, 48, and Abass Hassan Amedi, 51, were ordered to pay the money back, serve a period of home confinement, do community service, and pay $100.

Ali ran Fargo grocery store Noor Al Huda from March 2011 to March 2013. She and Amedi defrauded the federal government over 18 months by cashing out benefits from SNAP, or Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, the statement said.

The two would do a “cash-back” scheme where they would make a fraudulent transaction to a food stamp card and then put, for example, $200 from that in their bank account and give the food stamp recipient $100 in cash.

The SNAP benefits may not be used to obtain cash, said Myers.