WHEN A PERSON OR GROUP OF PEOPLE STEAL, IT DAMAGES SOCIETY IN A SMALL WAY, WHEN PEOPLE STEAL FROM PROGRAMS DESIGNED TO HELP THE MOST NEEDY IN A COMMUNITY, IT DESTROYS THE FABRIC OF WELFARE AND ASSISTANCE PROGRAMS. ULTIMATELY DAMAGING THOSE THAT MOST NEED HELP.
Taking advantage of the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) in which benefit recipients have a “debit card” that allows them to purchase only nutritional goods, they racked up a series of crimes that have shocked the District of Maryland.
The group pleaded guilty in the hope of leniency and special treatment, fortunately, the Judge was not impressed. Judge Richard Bennett showed his displeasure by sentencing one of the criminals to 18 months in prison with Sarmad himself facing 5 years. Also he will be expected to pay back over 3 million dollars.