Americans are repeatedly told they have to welcome poor, persecuted Muslim immigrants – legal or not – to come to our country for a better life, and failing to do so makes them cruel, Islamaphobic haters.
They may be growing tired of the lecture, especially when they are literally “flipped off” by a Muslim family after a district attorney was brave enough to file charges against the father for running a fraud operation out of his deli.
It may be an accepted business practice in the Muslim world to steal, cheat and defraud the government, but Ahmed Alshami, 37, is learning that we do things differently here in America – and he’s learning it the hard way.
Apparently, his wife and daughter are not happy about it.
Outside a Buffalo, New York courtroom where Alshami was arraigned on various charges, his burqua-clad wife looked into a television camera and asked defiantly, “Are you happy now? F&*& you. F&*& America,” while the couple’s daughter signaled her displeasure with the American legal system by extending the middle finger of each hand.
Alshami, the owner of an IGA Express Mart is held on $2 million bail after being charged with engaging in a criminal scheme to misuse food stamp cards for the purpose of defrauding the government.
The Erie County District Attorney’s Office said Alshami bought food stamp cards from welfare recipients at half-price, then used the cards to purchase inventory for his deli at low-price, “big box” stores like Walmart, selling the lower-priced goods at a large profit.
The scheme was in place for at least 18-months.
Alshami was also charged with burglary for stealing kitchen cabinets, a baseboard heating system and a hot water tank from a vacant home for use in his store.He pleaded not guilty to all charges.