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Archive for Monday, March 12, 2012

Wichita grocery owner faces sentencing in food stamp

March 12, 2012

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— 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.

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Flap Doodle 2 years, 1 month ago

Now go get the people who were selling this dude their benefits. It takes two to tango.

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Shane Garrett 2 years, 1 month ago

I say he has to give away 130,000 worth of free food over the next 3 years to Harvesters or other charity. Pay court cost and be on probation for 5 years.

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