Two former convenience store owners and an employee are headed to federal prison. The three Greenville men were arrested as part of Operation Inconvenience that was conducted last summer.
Ahmed Alwarak, who operated the Greenville Stop One and Greenville Stop Two, was sentenced to ten months in prison after his guiltily plea to theft of U.S. Goverment property. The feds say Alwarak bought USDA Electronic Benefit Transfer Cards at heavily discounted prices from an undercover operative.
Ahmed Abdullah operated the Pitt Stop. The feds say Abdullah and his brother, Fahmi, bought stolen cigarettes and EBT cards from the same undercover operative. Ahmed Abdullah was given a one year term in prison and Fahmi Abdullah 8-1/2 months.
All three stores were shut down by the city, while one of the businesses has been torn down.
The feds say all three are citizens of Yemen and will be deported at the end of their prison sentences.