OGDEN -- Two Ogden markets and several individuals have been indicted on federal charges of defrauding the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) operated by the U.S. Department of Agriculture Food and Nutrition Service.
Search warrants were served Tuesday on the two markets and a number of arrests made in Utah and California .
The case is being investigated by the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Office of Inspector General, the FBI, ICE Homeland Security Investigations, and the Ogden Police Department.
Individuals and businesses indicted:
* Westside Valley Market, Inc., 873 W. 24th St., in Ogden.
* Zia Atta, 38, of Ogden;
* Aweas Akbar Al-Quadri, 21, of Ogden;
* Naseer Hamad Durani, 39, of Rocklin, Calif.;
* Farad Said Farani, 36, of Ogden;
* Mariana Navarro Farani, 29, of Ogden;
* Seraj Ghasem Pour Babakandi, 23, of West Haven;
* Shershah Lodin, 39, of Pittsburg, Calif.
The second indictment charges six individuals and another market:
* Atta (see above)
* Masood Aziz, 36, of Elk Grove, Calif.;
* Diana Funez, 19, of Ogden;
* Fidel Funez-Lion, 18, of Ogden;
* Sharara Haidari, 30, of Elk Grove, Calif.;
* Siavosh Sabri, 41, of Salt Lake City;
* 9th Street Corner Market, 1390 9th St.
Aziz, Atta, Farad Said Farani, Mariana Farani, Seraj Ghasem Pour Babakandi and Diana Funez were arrested Tuesday in Ogden.
Siavosh Sabri was arrested today in Salt Lake City.
Fidel Funez-Limon was already in custody on separate unrelated state charges
Sharara Haidari and Aweas Akbar Al-Quadri were arrested today in California.