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Sam’s Mart owner, son-in-law arrested in welfare fraud scheme

Chaudhry

Ahmad

MIDDLETOWN – State Police have made two welfare fraud arrests in connection with the use of Electronic Benefit Cards in Middletown.

Police arrested Ahsan Chaudhry, 59, of Middletown, owner of Sam’s Mart at 90 Academy Avenue in Middletown and his son-in-law, Ammar Ahmad, 24, also of Middletown.

Investigation revealed Chaudhry allowed holders of those EBT cards to trade them for cash, often a fraction of the balances on the cards. The cards were then used by the two men to buy inventory for the store at retailers in the Middletown area.

Chaudhry was charged with criminal use of a benefit card, criminal possession of a forged instrument and possession of counterfeit tax stamps, all felonies. He was also charged with misdemeanors of misuse of food stamps, welfare fraud and possession or sale of unstamped cigarettes.

Ahmad was charged with criminal possession of a benefit card and welfare fraud.

Chaudhry was released on his own recognizance while Ahmad was remanded to the Orange County Jail in lieu of $1,000 cash bail or $2,000 bond.

State Police were assisted by the Orange County District Attorney’s Office, City of Newburgh Police, State Tax Department, State Office of Temporary Disability Assistance, and the Orange County Department of Social Services.

 


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