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Waltham convenience store owner indicted on EBT fraud charges

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BOSTON (MyFoxBoston.com) – The manager of a Waltham convenience store has been indicted in connection with the fraudulent use of the Supplemental Nutritional Assistance Program (SNAP), known commonly as food stamps.

Attorney General Martha Coakley's Office announced Wednesday that 30-year-old Hassan Mounajed, of Fall River, had been indicted on charges of procurement fraud, conspiracy to commit procurement fraud, larceny by false pretenses, access device fraud over $100, and conspiracy to commit access device fraud.

The Attorney General's Office, in conjunction with the U.S. Dept. of Agriculture (USDA), began their investigation into the fraudulent use of EBT cards in November 2011.

In April, state police and federal USDA agents executed a search warrant at Mirage Xperssway in Waltham. Further investigation revealed Mounajed, also known as Sammi Hassan, was the manager and was involved in an ongoing scheme to defraud the EBT program.

The Mirage Xpressway, which primarily sells drinks, candy and other convenience items, is authorized by the USDA to accept SNAP benefits from customers for eligible items; however, authorities allege that Mounajed and his clerks would swipe a customer's EBT card, enter fraudulent information indicating the customer purchased groceries, and then give cash to the customer for half the amount charged to their EBT card account.

Mounajed is due back in Middlesex Superior Court for arraignment at a later date.

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