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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

In another case, a clerk allegedly borrowed a food stamp card, used it to buy $181 in food for his own use and paid the informant $101, the records show.

Federal prosecutors on Thursday made public the identities of two indicted Oklahoma City convenience store owners.

Muluneh Zeleke, 54, is accused in one indictment of cheating the food stamp program out of $1,224,888. He was identified as the owner of Z&Z Convenience Store at 2445 N Martin Luther King Ave.

Muhammad Zahid, 28, of Edmond, is accused in a separate indictment of cheating the food stamp program out of $652,614. He was identified as the owner of Ghani Mart at 2719 NE 23.

Others who were arrested from the sting operation could face felony charges in Oklahoma County District Court, officials said.

Most of their names and the stores involved were disclosed Friday in arrest records.

Food stamp sting

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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