Brothers found guilty of food stamp fraud ordered to place ad in Hamtramck newspaper

Posted at 10:58 AM, Nov 04, 2018
and last updated 2018-11-04 21:20:01-05

A judge handed out a rather unique punishment to four brothers found guilty of food stamp fraud. 

In court documents filed against one of the brothers, it states that defendant Ali Ahmed was charged on one count of conspiracy to commit wire fraud, two counts of wire fraud – aiding and abetting, and another six counts of wire fraud – aiding and abetting. 

Ali was charged along with his four brothers, Nazir, Mustak and Mohammed Ahmed. 

But that's not the kicker. 

U.S. Judge Avern Cohn also required the men to buy a 6-by-6-inch ad in the Hamtramck Review newspaper in both English and Bengali. The ad will run for three weeks and will read: 

"To readers, listen to us. If you cheat on food stamps you are committing a crime and will be punished for doing so. We know: We have been punished for cheating on food stamps."

View the court order below: 

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