Former Convenience Store Owners Heading To Federal Prison

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.

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  • by S Location: Washington on Apr 2, 2010 at 05:05 PM
    Re: the comment made by TEAMS...To make such an offensive remark, basically insulting ALL Muslims...oh...not just the ones that happen to be terrorists, mind you...but ALL speech or not it's just wrong. Yes, this is a public comment board. Yes, we do, as Americans have a right to express ourselves. But kindly keep your inflammatory remarks to yourself and your circle of, what must be, redneck friends. I am not Muslim. I am not even Christian. But even I take offense to what you posted.
  • by Pendragon Location: Pitt Co. on Apr 2, 2010 at 10:08 AM
    I think these guys should have gotten alot more jail time for these crimes. Michelle Pollard got (8)mo. for much less of a crime, but that was politics.
  • by Anonymous on Apr 1, 2010 at 09:00 PM
    These guys give a horrible name to any other HONEST and hard working people in this country that are here legally. I myself am arabic and have had 3 gas stations open for 15 yrs. I believe they should be deported immediately. I don't want to have to spend my hard earned tax dollars on them.
  • by Anonymous on Apr 1, 2010 at 06:16 PM
    They had green cards. They were here legally. A felony means that they can be stripped of the green cards and deported.
  • by TEAMS Location: Ex- Civilian on Apr 1, 2010 at 03:25 PM
    Well, it appears WITN posted my comment. Man, I just ate my words. Thanks WITN for posting. You guys do a great job.
  • by B Location: nc on Apr 1, 2010 at 02:05 PM
    This is great!! One thing though, why were they here in the first place? Seems to me if ICE would do their job this would not and could not happen. WE had all those mexicans in DC just a couple of weeks ago and nobody did anything!WHY?
  • by TarHeel Location: Ayden on Apr 1, 2010 at 01:36 PM
    What are we missing here? If they are to be deported after they serve the time, does that mean they are here illegally? If so, how did they get a business license to begin with? Does no one check?
  • by kevin Location: greenville on Apr 1, 2010 at 12:48 PM
    To Floyd so you have seen a change in the city after three stores have closed for illegal behavior. You must have stopped reading the paper after these arrest were made.
  • by MANDY on Apr 1, 2010 at 12:39 PM
    yeah!!!SHUT THEM DOWN!!
  • by Real Justice on Apr 1, 2010 at 12:29 PM
    After they spend the time, I think they need to be deported. And don't let ANY of their family members back into the USA. How much of this ill gotten gain went to another country. And just to add to it. Where they paying taxes. Don't think so. Charge them with that too..
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