Baltimore store owner pleads guilty to food stamp fraud

BALTIMORE - Abdo Mohamed Nagi, 54, originally of Yemen, but residing in Baltimore, has pleaded guilty to food stamp fraud and wire fraud, according to a release from the Department of Justice.

Nagi illegally collected more than $1.2 million from the food stamp program through his convenience store, the New York Deli and Grocery, located at 1207 West Baltimore St., in Baltimore, according to authorities.

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Nagi collected funds from February 2011 through May 2013 by buying food stamp cards for less than they were worth authorities said.

Nagi could face a maximum of 20 years in prison for each count of his six counts of wire fraud and five years for each of his two counts of food stamp fraud, authorities said.

Sentencing for Nagi is set for Oct. 10, at 10 a.m.

Many convenience store owners that were indicted in September 2013 for similar charges have also plead guilty, police said, to include:

  • Abdullah Aljaradi, 52, and Ahmed Ayedh Al-Jabrati, 56, both originally of Yemen, but residing in Baltimore, were sentenced to two years in prison, and ordered to pay restitution of $1.2 million.
  • Jung Kim, 52, of Ellicott City, was sentenced to 20 months in prison, and must forfeit $95,453.50 and pay restitution of $205,000.
  • Amara Cisse, 51, of Windsor Mill, was sentenced to 27 months in prison and must pay restitution of $654,349.24. Amara Cisse’s wife, Fanta Keita, was sentenced to two months in prison. 
  • John Cunningham, 55, of Baltimore, was sentenced to two years in prison. 
  • Hyung Cho, age 40, was sentenced to 38 months in prison. Hyung Cho’s mother Dae Cho, 67, was sentenced to 18 months in prison. The Chos must forfeit $371,439.21 and pay restitution of $1.4 million.
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