Thirty-five Muslim-owned convenience stores were recently raided by the feds and the owners were subsequently arrested on serious fraud and drug charges.
Most of the recipients get assistance from the government according to the qualification guidelines set by the Microenterprise Development Program. The basic concept is that they receive public funds for poor foreign nationals with no roots in the U.S. and there’s literally no follow up to assure the cash is paid back, ever! The thought process behind it is supposed to “equip refugees with the skills they need to become successful entrepreneurs” by helping them expand or maintain their own business and become financially independent while giving them free money to live on as well. All taxpayer money mind you.
Via 100% Fed Up:
U.S. Doesn’t Track if Millions in Biz “Loans” to Refugees on Public Assistance Are Repaid: The U.S. government gives refugees on public assistance special “loans” of up to $15,000 to start a business but fails to keep track of defaults that could translate into huge losses for American taxpayers. The cash is distributed through a program called Microenterprise Development run by the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Office of Refugee Resettlement. Since 2010 the program has granted thousands of loans to refugees that lack the financial resources, credit history or personal assets to qualify for business loans from commercial banks.
KMOV reported: A federal grand jury has indicted 35 store owners on federal conspiracy charges for trafficking contraband cigarettes, distributing controlled substances and money laundering. According to reports, the suspects conspired for more than 2 years to buy contraband cigarettes in St. Louis, a low tax market, while transporting and distributing them in Chicago, Illinois, and New Jersey, which are high tax markets.
The store owners are accused of using several convenience stores that they operated to create the appearance of legal cigarette purchases: The cigarette scheme, though, appears to have been a longstanding conspiracy orchestrated through several local convenience stores, which the defendants “owned or operated to create the appearance of legitimate cigarette purchases.” For instance, in early July 2015, Najeh Muhana and a second defendant were stopped in Indiana while driving a van, and police allegedly discovered 2,460 cartons of Missouri tax-stamped cigarettes, which had been purchased earlier that day. Four months later, Muhana has busted once again in Indiana, this time with approximately $240,000 in cash, with which he allegedly intended to purchase more Missouri cigarettes. Illegal profits from the contraband cigarette sales were laundered through accounts associated with the stores.
The synthetic drug K-2 was sold every day from a handful of the convenience stores. Authorities said the store owners manufactured synthetic drugs themselves by importing chemicals from China. “The collaboration with our federal and local law enforcement partners is the key to breaking criminal enterprises in this area,” said Special Agent in Charge James M. Gibbons of HSI Chicago.
That’s right folks! Billions of our tax dollars go to refugees to purchase businesses and sell their homemade drugs and create product scams without ever really having to pay the loans off while Americans have to jump through hoops to get business loans and lose everything they own if they default on payments on said loan that in all reality is our own money, to begin with!
H/T [ 100% Fed Up ]