Convenience store owner and son-in-law
charged in welfare fraud scheme
Troop F Commander
Chaudhry and Ahmad were arrested on December 5th, 2018. Chaudhry was charged with Criminal Use of a Benefit Card 1st Degree, Criminal Possession of a Forged Instrument 1st Degree, Criminal Possession of a Benefit Card 2nd Degree, and Possession of Counterfeit Tax Stamps, all felonies. He was additionally charged with the misdemeanors of Misuse of Food Stamps, Welfare Fraud 5th Degree, and Possession of or Sale of Unstamped Cigarettes. Ahmad was charged with Criminal Possession of a Benefit Card 2nd Degree and Welfare Fraud 5th Degree. Both were arraigned in the City of Middletown Court. Chaudhry was released on his own recognizance. Ahmad was remanded to the Orange County Jail in lieu of $1000 cash or $2000 bond. State Police were assisted by the Orange County District Attorney’s Office, the City of Middletown PD, NYS Department of Taxation and Finance, New York State Office of Temporary Disability Assistance, and the Orange County Department of Social Services.