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Former owner of Norfolk store sentenced in food stamp scheme

 

NORFOLK, Va. (AP) — The former owner of a convenience store in Norfolk will spend more than two years in prison for participating in a food stamp scheme.

According to court documents, James Robert Carter allowed food stamp recipients to trade their Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program benefits for cash. The 75-year-old Carter gave the recipients about half the amount charged to their EBT cards at the Merrimac Mart and kept the rest of the money.

The Virginian-Pilot (http://bit.ly/1Eui5vy ) reports that Carter was sentenced on Monday in federal court in Norfolk to 2½ years in prison. He had pleaded guilty to conspiracy in January.

Carter’s son, Dwayne, also is charged with conspiracy. The younger Carter is scheduled to stand trial on May 5.

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Information from: The Virginian-Pilot, http://pilotonline.com

 

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