2 Paducah men face charges in EBT scheme

Yazan Alajous and Majed Almanha (Source: Paducah Police Department)
Yazan Alajous and Majed Almanha (Source: Paducah Police Department)

PADUCAH, Ky. (KBSI) – Two Paducah men face charges after Paducah police say they were indicted in connection with a scheme to buy individuals’ EBT cards and use them to purchase merchandise to sell in one of the men’s convenience stores.

Yazan Alajous, 31, of Paducah, was arrested on an indictment charging him with engaging in organized crime, false statement or misrepresentation to receive benefits (more than $500 but less than $1,000), theft by deception ($10,000 or more), ands 238 counts of fraudulent use of an ID card or electronic code for benefits.

Majed Almanha, 55, of Paducah, was charged in an indictment with engaging in organized crime, false statement or misrepresentation to receive benefits (more than $500 but less than $1,000), theft by deception ($10,000 or more), ands 238 counts of fraudulent use of an ID card or electronic code for benefits.

Almanha owns Superway stores at 649 N. 8th St. and 2535 Jackson St. in Paducah and a third store in Cunningham, Ky. He and his employee, Yazan Alajous, were indicted on various charges, including engaging in organized crime.

Det. Nathan Jaimet learned of the crimes early this year and launched an investigation. Alajous and Almanha are accused of purchasing EBT (Electronic Benefit Transfer) cards from individuals for half of their worth. Police say Almanha used the total amount of the cards to purchase more than $27,000 worth of merchandise to sell in his stores.

Alajous was arrested shortly after the indictments were returned in mid-August. He remains in McCracken County Regional Jail in lieu of $70,000 bond.

Almanha is currently out of the United States.

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