From June 2010 through February 2012, Shafique engaged in a large-scale operation to traffic 149,668 cases of contraband cigarettes and defraud New Jersey of more than $4 million dollars in tax revenue. Shafique purchased the cigarettes from undercover officers and then laundered the proceeds through the bank account of Get & Go Supermarket in Pleasantville, New Jersey, a store he purchased in part with funds from the scheme.
Shafique was also involved in a separate conspiracy to use stolen identities to fraudulently obtain mortgage loans on properties in New York. Using falsified identification documents and straw buyers posing as the actual homeowners, Shafique and other conspirators defrauded various banks and lenders out of almost $2 million.
In addition to the prison term, Judge Hillman sentenced Shafique to serve five years of supervised release and ordered him to pay restitution of $4,046,382 for the cigarette trafficking and an additional $1,405,000 for the mortgage fraud.