Wichita grocery owner faces sentencing in food stamp

? A Wichita grocery store owner faces sentencing Monday in a food stamp conspiracy that targeted poor people willing to sell their benefits for cash.

Ahmed Al-Maleki, the owner of Kansas Food Market, was convicted of conspiracy, wire fraud and food stamp fraud. His attorney has portrayed the Iraqi immigrant as a hard worker who saved enough to open his grocery store in 2009.

The defense is seeking a probationary sentence, while the prosecution is recommending prison time.

Prosecutors said Friday in a filing that losses amounted to more than $130,000 over six months. The filing said the conspiracy involved more than 100 participants and 750 transactions.