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The Latest: His attorney says man will be proven not guilty

January 27, 2019

CLEVELAND (AP) — The Latest on Amin Salem and charges (all times local):

4:45 p.m.

Federal prosecutors say an Ohio man accused of operating an illegal slaughterhouse has been charged with conspiracy to launder money and other counts.

The U.S. Attorney’s Office says 59-year-old Amin Salem (ah-MEEN’ suh-LEEM’), of Westlake, secretly owned several Cleveland-area gas stations and accepted food stamps at those stations, despite prior food stamp fraud convictions. Federal authorities also accuse Salem of slaughtering lambs and goats at his Elyria property — polluting a stream with lamb and goat blood.

Authorities say he sold the meat, which wasn’t inspected by the U.S. Department of Agriculture, and allowed people to pay for it with food stamps in violation of Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program regulations.

Salem pleaded not guilty. His attorney, John Sammon, said they will prove at trial that Salem isn’t guilty of the charges.

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1:30 p.m.

Federal prosecutors say an Ohio man accused of operating an illegal slaughterhouse has been charged with conspiracy to launder money and other counts.

The U.S. Attorney’s Office says 59-year-old Amin Salem (ah-MEEN’ suh-LEEM’), of Westlake, secretly owned several Cleveland-area gas stations and accepted food stamps at those stations, despite prior food stamp fraud convictions. Federal authorities also accuse Salem of slaughtering lambs and goats at his Elyria property — polluting a nearby stream with lamb and goat blood.

Authorities say he sold the meat, which wasn’t inspected by the U.S. Department of Agriculture and allowed people to pay for it with food stamps in violation of Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program regulations.

Salem has pleaded not guilty. Phone and email messages left for his attorney Sunday weren’t immediately returned.

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