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Archive for Monday, January 23, 2012

Figure in food stamp scheme faces sentencing

January 23, 2012

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— The runner who scoured homeless shelters for people willing to sell their food stamps for cash will learn his punishment for taking part in a conspiracy that snared two Wichita grocery stores.

Wally Mikhael Gaggo is due in federal court Monday for sentencing in two related cases.

Gaggo has admitted scheming with the owners of two small grocery stores who gave food stamp recipients about 50 to 60 cents on the dollar for the stamps and pocketed the difference. Gaggo has pleaded guilty to two counts of conspiracy to defraud the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

Prosecutors have said the scams cost the government more than $580,000. Of 13 people charged, one was acquitted and the others pleaded guilty.

Comments

pace 2 years, 11 months ago

And will the remedy be on the groceries or will the GOP use it as an excuse to blanket attack the poor?

Sunny Parker 2 years, 11 months ago

Those who actually sold them should be in jail also!

pace 2 years, 11 months ago

Historically the little guy will serve time and the big guy pays fine. Think of it like the reaction to illegal jobs, they chase the low paying workers back and forth across the border while they basically ignore the illegal bosses.

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