Alexandria business owner arrested for money laundering, other charges

ALEXANDRIA, La. (Louisiana State Police) - Earlier this month, we reported on the arrest of Mohammad Abudayeh, 25, who was arrested by APD for attempted first-degree feticide and criminal conspiracy to commit feticide.

Mohammad Abudayeh (Louisiana State Police)

APD said that he allegedly attempted to hire a man to attack his girlfriend to kill their unborn child.

On March 20, Louisiana State Police released new information and charges for Abudayeh.

Investigators with LSP Bureau of Investigations and Insurance Fraud Unit, Alexandria Field Office, arrested Abudayeh on March 14 for unauthorized use of supplemental nutrition assistance program (SNAP) benefits, computer fraud, money laundering, racketeering, and bank fraud.

In June 2018, State Police began investigating the Food Mart in Alexandria on 3rd Street, concerning allegations of the owner buying SNAP benefits from local individuals.

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. Investigators seized approximately $340,000 in U.S. currency and 11 cases of alcohol at his residence, 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, was charged with these additional offenses.

For the original story on Abudayeh, see the RELATED LINKS section of the page.

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.

The Louisiana State Police online reporting system is also available to the public through a convenient and secure reporting form that is submitted to the appropriate investigators. Citizens can access the form by visiting and clicking the Suspicious Activity link.

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