U.S. District Court
Northern District of Ohio (Cleveland)
CRIMINAL DOCKET FOR CASE #: 1:08-cr-00368-DAP-6,7,8


Case title: United States of America v. Muntaser et al

Date Filed: 09/03/2008
Date Terminated: 11/26/2008

Assigned to: Judge Dan Aaron Polster

Defendant (6)
Nisreen Nemra Inc.
TERMINATED: 11/26/2008
doing business as
Saveway Market
TERMINATED: 11/26/2008

Pending Counts

Disposition
None

Highest Offense Level (Opening)
None

Terminated Counts

Disposition
18:371 Conspiracy to Defraud the United States and to Commit Offenses Against the United States
(1)
Dismissed pursuant to Rule 48 (a) of the Federal Rules of Criminal Procedure.
7:2024(b) and 18:2 Food Stamp Fraud
(2)
Dismissed pursuant to Rule 48 (a) of the Federal Rules of Criminal Procedure.
7:2024(c) and 18:2 Unlawful Food Stamp Redemption
(3)
Dismissed pursuant to rule 48 (a) of the Federal Rules of Criminal Procedure.
42:1760(g) and 1786 and 18:2 WIC Program Fraud
(4)
Dismissed pursuant to Rule 48 (a) of the Federal Rules of Criminal Procedure.
18:1341 and 2 Mail Fraud
(5)
Dismissed pursuant to Rule 48 (a) of the Federal Rules of Criminal Procedure.
18:1956(h) Money Laundering Conspiracy
(6)
Dismissed pursuant to Rule 48 (a) of the Federal Rules of Criminal Procedure.
18:1957(a) and 2 Money Laundering
(7)
Dismissed pursuant to Rule 48 (a) of the Federal Rules of Criminal Procedure.
18:1957(a) and 2
(8)
Dismissed pursuant to Rule 48 (a) of the Federal Rules of Criminal Procedure.
18:1957(a) and 2 Money Laundering
(9-10)
Dismissed pursuant to Rule 48 (a) of the Federal Rules of Criminal Procedure.

Highest Offense Level (Terminated)
Felony

Complaints

Disposition
None

Assigned to: Judge Dan Aaron Polster

Defendant (7)
Afaf Muntaser Inc.
TERMINATED: 11/26/2008
doing business as
Williams Fish Market
TERMINATED: 11/26/2008
represented byRobert Smith , III
Ste. 1111
75 Public Square
Cleveland, OH 44113
216-502-0800
Fax: 216-502-7777
Email: rsmith3law@aol.com
TERMINATED: 11/06/2008
LEAD ATTORNEY
ATTORNEY TO BE NOTICED
Designation: CJA Appointment

Pending Counts

Disposition
None

Highest Offense Level (Opening)
None

Terminated Counts

Disposition
18:371 Conspiracy to Defraud the United States and to Commit Offenses Against the United States
(1)
Dismissed pursuant to Rule 48 (a) of the Federal Rules of Criminal Procedure.
42:1760(g) and 1786 and 18:2 WIC Program Fraud
(4)
Dismissed pursuant to Rule 48 (a) of the Federal Rules of Criminal Procedure.
18:1341 and 2 Mail Fraud
(5)
Dismissed pursuant to Rule 48 (a) of the Federal Rules of Criminal Procedure.
18:1956(h) Money Laundering Conspiracy
(6)
Dismissed pursuant to Rule 48 (a) of the Federal Rules of Criminal Procedure.
18:1957(a) and 2 Money Laundering
(7)
Dismissed pursuant to Rule 48 (a) of the Federal rules of Criminal Procedure.

Highest Offense Level (Terminated)
Felony

Complaints

Disposition
None

Assigned to: Judge Dan Aaron Polster

Defendant (8)
Dia Foods Inc.
TERMINATED: 05/01/2009
doing business as
Hilltop Deli
TERMINATED: 05/01/2009
represented byGary W. Eisner
3241 Superior Avenue
Cleveland, OH 44114
216-781-3533
Fax: 216-241-4828
Email: criminallaw@visn.net
ATTORNEY TO BE NOTICED
Designation: Retained

Pending Counts

Disposition
7:2024(b) and 18:2 Food Stamp Trafficking
(12-13)
Probation for a period of 2 years. Special Assessment $250.00. Fine $1,000.00.

Highest Offense Level (Opening)
Felony

Terminated Counts

Disposition
7:2024(b) and 18:2 Food Stamp Trafficking
(11)
Dismissed upon motion of U.S. Attorney.

Highest Offense Level (Terminated)
Felony

Complaints

Disposition
None


Plaintiff
United States of America represented byJames L. Morford
Office of the U.S. Attorney - Cleveland
Ste. 400
801 Superior Avenue, W
Cleveland, OH 44113
216-622-3743
Fax: 216-522-8355
Email: james.morford@usdoj.gov
ATTORNEY TO BE NOTICED

John M. Siegel
Office of the U.S. Attorney - Cleveland
Northern District of Ohio
Ste. 400
801 Superior Avenue, W
Cleveland, OH 44113
216-622-3820
Fax: 216-522-2403
Email: john.siegel@usdoj.gov
ATTORNEY TO BE NOTICED

Mark S. Bennett
Office of the U.S. Attorney - Cleveland
Ste. 400
801 Superior Avenue, W
Cleveland, OH 44113
216-622-3878
Fax: 216-522-8355
Email: mark.bennett2@usdoj.gov
ATTORNEY TO BE NOTICED

Thomas J. Gruscinski_AUSA
Former Assistant U.S. Attorney
Email: ann.rowland@usdoj.gov
TERMINATED: 09/17/2008

Date Filed #Docket Text
09/03/2008UNSEALED INDICTMENT as to Mahmoud Muntaser (1) count(s) 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 11-12, Adel Muntaser (2) count(s) 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, Abrahem Jabr (3) count(s) 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, Niesreen Nemra (4) count(s) 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9-10, Afaf Muntaser (5) count(s) 1, 4, 5, 6, Nisreen Nemra Inc. (6) count(s) 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9-10, Afaf Muntaser Inc. (7) count(s) 1, 4, 5, 6, 7, Dia Foods Inc. (8) count(s) 11-13. (Attachments: # 1 Designation Form/Foreperson Signature Page) (S,R) Modified on 9/10/2008 (W,Jo). (Entered: 09/03/2008)
09/03/2008 Motion to Seal Caseby United States of America as to Mahmoud Muntaser, Adel Muntaser, Abrahem Jabr, Niesreen Nemra, Afaf Muntaser, Nisreen Nemra Inc., Afaf Muntaser Inc., Dia Foods Inc. (S,R) (Entered: 09/03/2008)
09/03/2008Order granting Plaintiff's 3 Motion to Seal Case as to all defendants. Case to be unsealed upon arrest of defendant Mahmoud Muntaser. Magistrate Judge William H. Baughman, Jr. on 9/3/08. (S,R) (Entered: 09/03/2008)
09/03/2008  Random Assignment of Magistrate Judge pursuant to Local Criminal Rule 57.9. In the event of a referral, case will be assigned to Magistrate Judge Perelman. (S,R) (Entered: 09/04/2008)
09/10/2008  Case unsealed as to Mahmoud Muntaser, Adel Muntaser, Abrahem Jabr, Niesreen Nemra, Afaf Muntaser, Nisreen Nemra Inc., Afaf Muntaser Inc., Dia Foods Inc. (W,Jo) (Entered: 09/10/2008)
09/17/200813 Notice of Substitution of Attorney. Thomas J. Gruscinski removed from case, John M. Siegel appearing for USA.(Siegel, John) (Entered: 09/17/2008)
09/17/200814 Notice of Hearing as to Adel Muntaser, Abrahem Jabr, Niesreen Nemra, Afaf Muntaser, Nisreen Nemra Inc., Afaf Muntaser Inc., Dia Foods Inc. Arraignment set for 9/29/2008 12:30 PM in Courtroom 18B before Judge Dan Aaron Polster.(P,R) (Entered: 09/17/2008)
09/29/2008  Minutes of proceedings [non-document] before Judge Dan Aaron Polster. Arraignment held on 9/29/2008 as to Adel Muntaser (2) Count 1,2,3,4,5,6, Abrahem Jabr (3) Count 1,2,3,4,5,6, Niesreen Nemra (4) Count 1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9-10, Afaf Muntaser (5) Count 1,4,5,6, Nisreen Nemra Inc. (6) Count 1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9-10, Afaf Muntaser Inc. (7) Count 1,4,5,6,7, Dia Foods Inc. (8) Count 11-13. Status Conference set for 11/10/2008 2:00 PM, Pretrial/Change of Plea Hearing set for 11/24/2008 12:30 PM, Final Pretrial Conference set for 12/1/2008 12:30 PM, Jury Trial set for 12/8/2008 9:00 AM, all in Courtroom 18B before Judge Dan Aaron Polster. (Court Reporter George Staiduhar) (P,R) (Entered: 09/30/2008)
09/30/200817 Notice of Appearance of Attorney Mark S. Bennett appearing for USA. (Bennett, Mark) (Entered: 09/30/2008)
11/03/200837 Notice of Appearance of Attorney - Gary W. Eisner appearing for Dia Foods Inc. (E,P) (Entered: 11/03/2008)
11/03/200838 Notice of failure to file electronically, pursuant to Local Criminal Rule 49.2(c). Non-compliant document: 37 Notice of Attorney Appearance - Defendant filed by Dia Foods Inc. (E,P) (Entered: 11/03/2008)
11/05/2008  CJA 20 Appointment of Attorney Robert Smith, III for Afaf Muntaser and Afaf Muntaser Inc. Judge Dan Aaron Polster on 11/5/08. (P,R) (Entered: 11/05/2008)
11/06/2008  Order (non-document) as to Afaf Muntaser Inc. re CJA 20 - Appointment. Appointment as to Afaf Muntaser, Inc. is vacated. Attorney Robert Smith, III appointed to represent Afaf Muntaser only. Judge Dan Aaron Polster on 11/6/08. (P,R) (Entered: 11/06/2008)
11/06/200839 Memorandum of Opinion and Order denying 32 Motion for Bill of Particulars as to Adel Muntaser (2). Judge Dan Aaron Polster on 11/6/08. (P,R) (Entered: 11/06/2008)
11/14/200841  Minute Order of Status Conference as to Mahmoud Muntaser, Adel Muntaser, Abrahem Jabr, Niesreen Nemra, Afaf Muntaser, Nisreen Nemra Inc., Afaf Muntaser Inc., Dia Foods Inc. held on 11/10/2008. Time: 30 min. Pretrial/Change of Plea Hearing reset for 2/2/2009 1:00 PM, Final Pretrial Conference reset for 2/9/2009 12:00 PM, Jury Trial reset for 2/17/2009 9:00 AM, all in Courtroom 18B before Judge Dan Aaron Polster. Judge Dan Aaron Polster on 11/10/08. (P,R) (Entered: 11/14/2008)
11/17/2008  Notice of Hearing [non-document] as to Mahmoud Muntaser, Adel Muntaser, Abrahem Jabr, Niesreen Nemra, Afaf Muntaser, Nisreen Nemra Inc., Afaf Muntaser Inc., Dia Foods Inc. Pretrial Conference set for 12/2/2008 11:30 AM in Courtroom 18B before Judge Dan Aaron Polster.(P,R) (Entered: 11/17/2008)
11/26/200842 Order of dismissal as to Nisreen Nemra, Inc., dba Saveway Market Defendant is dismissed pursuant to Rule 48 (a) of the Federal Rules of Criminal Procedure and by leave of court. Signed by Judge Dan Aaron Polster on 11/26/2008. (B,B) (Entered: 11/26/2008)
11/26/200843 Order as to Afaf Muntaser, Inc, dba Williams Fish Market. Defendant is dismissed pursuant to Rule 48 (a) of the Federal Rules of Criminal Procedure and by leave of court. Signed by Judge Dan Aaron Polster on 11/26/2008. (B,B) (Entered: 11/26/2008)
12/02/2008  Minutes of proceedings [non-doucment] before Judge Dan Aaron Polster.Pretrial Conference as to Mahmoud Muntaser, Adel Muntaser, Abrahem Jabr, Niesreen Nemra, Afaf Muntaser, Nisreen Nemra Inc., Afaf Muntaser Inc., Dia Foods Inc. held on 12/2/2008. Status Conference set for 1/8/2009 11:00 AM in Courtroom 18B before Judge Dan Aaron Polster. (Court Reporter: Cynthia Lee) Time: 30 min. (P,R) (Entered: 12/05/2008)
01/08/2009  Minutes of proceedings [non-document] before Judge Dan Aaron Polster.Status Conference as to Mahmoud Muntaser, Adel Muntaser, Abrahem Jabr, Niesreen Nemra, Afaf Muntaser, Dia Foods Inc. held on 1/8/2009. Case to proceed as scheduled. (Court Reporter: Sue Trischan) Time: 20 min. (P,R) (Entered: 01/08/2009)
01/30/2009  Notice [non-document] as to Mahmoud Muntaser, Adel Muntaser, Abrahem Jabr, Niesreen Nemra, Afaf Muntaser, Dia Foods Inc. Change of Plea deadline extended, hearing to to be held 2/9/2009 1:00 PM in Courtroom 18B before Judge Dan Aaron Polster.(P,R) (Entered: 01/30/2009)
02/09/200944 Minutes of proceedings before Judge Dan Aaron Polster.Change of Plea Hearing as to Dia Foods Inc., held on 2/9/2009. Guilty Plea entered by Dia Foods Inc., (8) to Counts 12-13. Sentencing set for 4/30/2009 12:00 PM in Courtroom 18B before Judge Dan Aaron Polster; with referral to Probation for preparation of a Presentence Investigation Report.(Court Reporter: Judith Gage) Time: 45 minutes. (C,KA) Modified on 3/2/2009 (P,R). (Entered: 02/09/2009)
02/09/200946 Plea Agreement as to Dia Foods Inc. (E,P) (Entered: 02/10/2009)
03/03/200959 Notice of Hearing as to Dia Foods Inc. Sentencing set for 4/30/2009 12:00 PM in Courtroom 18B before Judge Dan Aaron Polster.(P,R) (Entered: 03/03/2009)
03/17/200961 Preliminary Order of Forfeiture granting 60 Motion for Forfeiture of Property as to Mahmoud Muntaser (1), Adel Muntaser (2), Abrahem Jabr (3). Judge Dan Aaron Polster on 3/17/09. (P,R) (Entered: 03/17/2009)
04/30/200963 Minutes of proceedings before Judge Dan Aaron Polster.Sentencing held on 4/30/2009 for Dia Foods Inc. (8), Count(s) 12-13, Defendant sentenced to Probation for a period of 2 years on count(s) 12 & 13. Special Assessment $250.00. Upon motion of U.S. Attorney, count(s) 11 of the indictment are hereby dismissed. Fine $1,000.00.(Court Reporter: George Staiduhar) Time: 40 minutes. (E,P) (Entered: 04/30/2009)
05/01/200964 Judgment as to Dia Foods Inc. (8), Count(s) 12-13, Defendant sentenced to Probation for a period of 2 years on count(s) 12 & 13. Special Assessment $250.00. Upon motion of U.S. Attorney, count(s) 11 of the indictment are hereby dismissed. Fine $1,000.00. Judge Dan Aaron Polster on 5/1/09. (E,P) (Entered: 05/01/2009)
11/06/200977  Motion to reassign case to Judge Dan Aaron Polster by United States of America as to Mahmoud Muntaser, Adel Muntaser, Abrahem Jabr, Niesreen Abdalla, Afaf Muntaser, Nisreen Nemra Inc., Afaf Muntaser Inc., Dia Foods Inc.. (Siegel, John) (Entered: 11/06/2009)
11/06/2009  Order [non-document] granting 77 Motion to Reassign Case 1:09cr373 to Judge Polster. Judge Dan Aaron Polster on 11/6/09. (P,R) (Entered: 11/12/2009)
05/12/201079 FILING ERROR: DISREGARD; Order dismissing indictment against Niesren Abdallah, formerly known as Niesreen Nemra and Niesreen Jabras as to Niesreen Nemra. Judge Dan Aaron Polster on 5/11/10. (E,P) Modfied text on 5/12/2010 (E,P). (Entered: 05/12/2010)
11/02/2010  Random Assignment of Magistrate Judge pursuant to Local Criminal Rule 57.9. In the event of a referral, case will be assigned to Magistrate Judge White. (C,BA) (Entered: 11/02/2010)