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Oklahoma DHS began food stamp fraud sting in 2009

In one typical transaction, a grocery clerk in February gave an undercover Oklahoma DHS agent $100 from a $200 card "purchase" that didn't actually take place, the agent reported.
BY NOLAN CLAY Published: October 16, 2010
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State Department of Human Services agents used a simple sting operation over and over to uncover food stamp fraud at stores throughout Oklahoma County, court records show.

Agents posed as store customers with food stamp cards. Most often, they asked clerks for cash back from the cards. Sometimes, they used confidential informants. The cards are not supposed to be used that way.

In one typical transaction, a grocery clerk in February gave an undercover DHS agent $100 from a $200 card "purchase" that didn't actually take place, the agent reported.

The sting operation by the state DHS has been under way since at least April 2009, the records show. Arrests began Wednesday.

The investigation has resulted in 26 arrests so far, a DHS spokeswoman said Friday. A few more arrests were planned.

In some cases, an informant worked out deals with convenience store clerks to get cash in exchange for soda bought with the food stamp card at a different store, records show. One clerk paid the informant $45 for soda pop bought elsewhere for $104, an agent reported.

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The names and stores included in the sting, according to the records, are:

Johnson Vo, 43, of One Star Foods, 1716 NW 16, Oklahoma City.

Van D. Truong, 71, and Hoa M. Dao, 25, of Speedy Food Mart, 2331 SE 15, Oklahoma City.

Rodolfo Solis, 27, and Phuc "Paul" Le, 46, of Central Grocery, 1821 S Central, Oklahoma City.

Avesha Siddiqua, 25, of Take N Go, 4829 E Reno Ave., Del City.

Kazi Shyfullah, 31, of OK Quick Stop, 3408 N Classen Blvd., Oklahoma City.

Yasmin Samnani, 54, of Conoco Quality Food, 8928 NE 10, Oklahoma City.

Shah Sakib, 29, of Penn Food Mart, 5708 S Pennsylvania, Oklahoma City.

Mohammad Saeed, 48, of Hit N Run Express Mart, 3204 Tinker Diagonal, Del City.

Nasir Aktar, 34, of A-1 Convenience Store, 2800 N Martin Luther King Ave., Oklahoma City.

Tuan Lam, 46, of Circle L Food Mart, 9005 N Western, Oklahoma City.

Devraj Khadka, 23, of Super Food Mart, 617 W Britton Road, Oklahoma City.

Yonas Gulte Sahlu, 44, of Ethio Mart, 5520 S I-35 Service Road, Oklahoma City.

Patrick Fetz, 24, of Okie Foods, 10600 N Western, Oklahoma City.

Joseph Mathew, 57, of PDQ Fuel and Foods, 1100 NW 122, Oklahoma City.

Mohammad Mukhtar, 49, of Quality Food, 1935 E Reno Ave., Oklahoma City.

Choudhry S. Mehmood, 35, of Lincoln Food Mart, 5431 N Lincoln Blvd., Oklahoma City.

Srinivas V. Nayalakarti, 54, of Britton Discount Cigarettes, 1314 W Britton Road, Oklahoma City.

Badar R. Afzal, 21, of May Food Plaza, 1220 N May, Oklahoma City.

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