One of three suspects in food stamp fraud case arraigned

RAPIDES PARISH, La. (KALB) - One of the three suspects arrested by Louisiana State Police earlier this year for alleged food stamp fraud at an Alexandria convenience store called the "Food Mart" on Third Street has pleaded "not guilty" to the charges he faces.

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Mohammad Abudayeh, 25, wasn't in court on Friday, but a waiver was filed by his attorney John Flynn allowing him to plead "not guilty" to racketeering, money laundering, bank fraud, computer fraud, unauthorized use of SNAP benefits, and criminal conspiracy. He has a pretrial set for Nov.13.

In a separate case, Abudayeh is also facing charges for allegedly trying to hire someone to attack his pregnant girlfriend to kill his unborn child.

Two other people who were arrested in connection to the food stamp case, Mustafa Abdelatif and Danny Assaf, have yet to be arraigned. Assaf will be arraigned on Oct.18 and there's no date set yet for the other defendant.

The arrests happened as a result of an unusually high volume of food stamp transactions, $1.2 million worth, that took place at the store between Oct. 2017 and March 2018.

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