Following arraignment on food stamp fraud, deli owner Muslim immigrant’s wife and daughter flip the bird and yell ‘F**k America’
He’s accused of criminal possession of public benefit cards, misuse of food stamps and criminal use of a public benefit card for defrauding the welfare system.Alshami’s little scheme consisted of buying food stamp cards (EBT cards) from people willing to sell them for cash, and would generally pay them half their worth. He would then use the food stamps to purchase items from “big box” stores for use in his store. He ran this scam between October, 2014, and March, 2016, making purchases that totaled a little over $3800.
But he didn’t stop there.In March of this year, Alshami allegedly burglarized an unoccupied rental property, stealing kitchen cabinets, a hot water tank, and baseboard heating units.And last year, Alshami posted a rant on his local community’s Facebook page, complete with an image of him flipping the finger while accusing locals of trying to shut down his store. He wrote:From the Davey & Ludington store owners… The people who sit here and say they want the store shut down are the same people buying wraps to smoke weed… We will stay open regardless of what you want… Long stay the Arab stores… We are gonna stay here and make this money! So try to shut us down.
Outside a Buffalo, New York courtroom where Alshami was arraigned on various charges, his burqua-clad wife looked into a television camera and asked defiantly, “Are you happy now? F&*& you. F&*& America,” while the couple’s daughter signaled her displeasure with the American legal system by extending the middle finger of each hand.