LISBON - A West Virginia man accused for illegally using nutritional program benefits was served this week with a secret indictment issued in 2011 by the Columbiana County Common Pleas Court grand jury.
Hassan A. Alhawshabi, 48, Church Alley, Chester, W.Va., is charged with three counts of illegal use of supplemental nutrition assistance program benefits and three counts of telecommunications fraud. All charges are fifth-degree felonies.
According to court documents, on Jan. 2, March 5 and April 9 in 2011, Alhawshabi allegedly used telecommunications media to defraud the Food and Nutrition Act of 2008 and the Child Nutrition Act of 1966. No additional details have been released.
Alhawshabi was transported to the county Wednesday from Queens, N.Y. where he was served with the indictment.