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Bronx Man Pled Guilty to Using Store To Trade Cigs & Cash for Food Stamps Wants No Jail

by Matthew Russell Lee, Patreon Book Substack

SDNY COURTHOUSE, Feb 13 – Fuad Tareb pleaded guilty on August 17, 2023 to defrauding the US Department of Agriculture, by exchanging cash and cigarettes from SNAP food stamp benefits.

  It was not the first time he did it. The prosecutors say he previously got thrown out of the SNAP program, but then reapplied using another person's name. The person was told that a "non-Arabic" name was needed.   

Various storefronts in 3201 White Plains Road in The Bronx were used. A cashier, Don Commuck, was enlisted.

  Commuck also pleaded guilty on August 17 before U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York Judge Paul G. Gardephe. Inner City Press was there, the only media in the courtroom. Both were set to be sentenced on December 19, within one hour.

On November 27, Commuck's Federal Defender wrote it requesting three years supervised release with six months' home detention.

On December 6, the US Attorney's Office wrote in and asked for a sentence within the 33 to 41 month guidelines.

On December 19, Judge Gardephe pushed back Commuck's sentencing to June 20, 2024 at 10 am.

On June 13, Commuck's Federal Defender wrote in that "he has stopped smoking marijuana" - and asked for a non-incarceratory sentence on June 20.

On February 13, 2024 for Fuad Tareb, defense counsel wrote in requesting a time served sentence.

 The case is US v. Commuck, 22-cr-676 (Gardephe)


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