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Grocier charged with $1 million in food stamp fraud

A grocery store manager from Camden was recently charged with fraud in connection with a food stamp scheme that reportedly was worth $1 million.

The Supplemental Nutrition and Assistance Program (SNAP) gives authorized recipients a benefits card (instead of food stamps) that can be used to purchase food at selected stores. Transactions are conducted through a special terminal that tracks the amount of benefits remaining on the card.

 

According to the U.S. Attorney's Office, the manager reportedly traded SNAP cards for cash, enabling him to redeem a profit. Federal prosecutors also allege that the manager added himself to the authorized account that SNAP purchases were routed to. Not only was he alleged to sell cards illegally, he was also collecting proceeds in violation of federal law.

The scheme was reportedly carried out between February and November 2012. Prosecutors allege that the store collected more than $2.8 million in that time, nearly 10 times more than what was commonly collected.

The manager is currently charged with one count of theft of U.S. funds, which carries up to 10 years in prison and a $250,000 fine.

White collar crimes are often complex financial crimes that require a great deal of investigation and documentation to prove...and defend. The assistance and guidance of an experienced attorney cannot be understated. If you have been charged with, or are currently under investigation for, a white collar crime, having a lawyer involved in the early stages can mean the difference between being charged with a crime and enjoying a profitable business enterprise.

 

Source: Philly.com, Grocery manager charged in $1 million food stamp fraud, May 16, 2013

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