Metro-East News

Swansea brothers sentenced for food stamp fraud

Two brothers from Swansea have been sentenced to seven years in prison and face restitution for defrauding $1.6 million from food stamps, taxes and the sale of counterfeit goods.

Qais Hussein, 43, and Majdi Odeh, 45, were sentenced in the U.S. District Court in East St. Louis to 85 months in prison, to be followed by three years of supervised release. Both have also been ordered to each pay $12,500 in fines and $1.6 million in restitution for the loss to SNAP, the food stamp program.

The two owned and operated Garden Grill Markets in East St. Louis, where five employees have also plead guilty to stealing from the food stamp program from January 2010 to July 2012. The employees were as follows: Hossam Ahmed, 25, of St. Louis, Mo.; Alaa Jaber, 29, of Jersey City, New Jersey; Elsayed Hassan, 25, of East Saint Louis; Rami Abou Amra, 37, of Troy, and Albraa Sabrah, 27, of Hazelwood, Mo.