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Authorities raid two Raleigh convenience stores

Posted April 22, 2014

Authorities investigating possible food stamp fraud raided two Raleigh convenience stores Tuesday and the home of the stores’ owner.

Raleigh police were assisting agents with the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the Internal Revenue Service in the investigation. Authorities were seen taking boxes of items during the hourslong search at Hannah Stop ‘n’ Go on South Wilmington Street. They also raided a store by the same name on Western Boulevard.

Sources close to the investigation said the search has to do with food stamps, but they could not provide more specific information. The owner, Ali al-Darijay, declined to comment Tuesday.

People who live and work near the Wilmington store said they were not surprised by the raids.

“It’s just a bad image, and he’s been taking advantage of poor people and disabled people,” said Dwight Spencer, who works downtown.

Another convenience store down the block on South Wilmington Street, Taz’s, has been there for 32 years. Owner Taz Zarka said criminal activity doesn’t help the community.

“(If) you really want to serve your city, you want to serve your community, you do it the proper way,” he said.

Some longtime customers said they were disturbed by the investigation and said they’ve never had issues with al-Darijay.

“He’s respectful,” Tiffany Vaughn said. “He does anything in the world for anybody that he possibly can.”


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  • croberts11117 Apr 23, 2014


  • lasm Apr 23, 2014

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    Maybe you are too young to remember; but before the "cards" they had "stamps" (or paper slips) and they sold them also. The cards were supposed to be (ha! ha!) harder to sell.......we all knew that was a laugh.

  • lasm Apr 23, 2014

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    So, I guess the middle class nor the poor get tax breaks, eh? Well, I've been poor and now middle class; and I have always received and claimed my tax breaks. By the way, what do you call EIC-extra "pay" (or tax refund, as the gov't calls it) for taxes NOT even paid in....?!?

  • Kristin Byrne Apr 23, 2014
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    I really hope this is meant to be dripping with sarcasm.

  • for the people Apr 23, 2014

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    attacks on the poor? you can't be serious. the 'poor' are RECIPIENTS of tax money paid by those that can, and there is tremendous fraud throughout those systems. you need to turn off the tv and think for yourself. its the attacks and views like yours and msnbc that make it harder and harder to pay taxes and support those that really and truly need it.

  • Chris Perry Apr 23, 2014
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    one could argue that tax breaks for the wealthy, in general, are a fraud on the american people.....

    Such fraud... letting people keep the money that they earn and give it to those that do nothing. How horrible.

  • disgusted2010 Apr 23, 2014

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    You have no idea what you are talking about. This type of crime takes Billions of your tax money every year. The proceeds fund drug trafficking, human trafficking and terrorism. The problem is that there is not enough enforcement. As to an attack on the poor, this is the most outrageous statement I have read today. I assume you believe it is an entitlement to receive food stamps/EBT card credit when you obviously don't need it (since people are buying beer/cigarettes or getting money for drugs) and allow the criminal operators to fund other crime and terrorism.

  • hardycitrus Apr 23, 2014

    Republican attacks on food stamps NEVER point out that it's these small business committing the fraud. A convenience store can make hundred of thousands of dollars selling beer and smokes for food stamps.

  • REPUBLICAN HANS Apr 23, 2014

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    You really are blinded to reality aren't you? These stores run all types of food stamp games...One example is you go on in, buy a .59 can drink and the clerk charges you some discreet amount such as 4.59 and gives you the majority back and keeps some for himself. It happens every day.

  • REPUBLICAN HANS Apr 23, 2014

    I wonder how much of the money he was making off of this fraud was being funneled back to Yemen to support terrorism?