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Alexandria business owner arrested for money laundering, misuse of SNAP benefits, more charges

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Investigators from the Louisiana State Police Bureau of Investigations Insurance Fraud Unit/Alexandria Field Office, on Tuesday, March 14, arrested Mohammad Abudayeh, 25, of Alexandria, La. for unauthorized use of supplemental nutrition assistance program (SNAP) benefits, computer fraud, money laundering, racketeering, and bank fraud.

In June 2018, LSP’s Insurance Fraud Unit began an investigation pertaining to a local business/business owner (Food Mart, 2512 3rd Street, Alexandria) who was buying SNAP benefits (foods stamps) from local individuals. During the investigation, a person of interest, Abudayeh, was identified. From October 2017 to March 2019, Abudeyeh conducted over $1.2 million in Louisiana Purchase EBT (electronic benefit transfer) transactions, which was well above the amount a store that size should be conducting.

As a result of the investigation and information obtained, a search warrant was issued for Abudayeh’s business location and residence. At his residence, investigators seized approximately $340,000 in U.S. currency and 11 cases of alcohol that was discovered to be stolen from a local grocery store.

Following the search warrants, Abudayeh, who was already being held at the Rapides Parish Jail on an unrelated charge, was charged with these additional offenses.

Agencies involved in this investigation/arrest are Louisiana State Police, Louisiana Department of Child and Family Services, Louisiana Alcohol and Tobacco Control (ATC), Alexandria Police Department, Louisiana Department of Health, and the Alexandria City Fire Marshal’s Office.

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