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Man must pay $1.9m restitution in food stamp fraud case

Man must pay $1.9m restitution in food stamp fraud case

NORFOLK, Va. (AP) — A judge has ordered a Norfolk man to pay $1.9 million in restitution to the federal government in a food stamp fraud case.

Thirty-eight-year-old Dwayne Carter also will spend two years and five months in prison. Carter was sentenced on Monday in U.S. District Court in Norfolk.

Carter had pleaded guilty in April to conspiracy to engage in food stamp benefits fraud.

Carter’s father, former convenience store James Robert Carter, is serving a 30-month sentence following his guilty plea in the case in January.

U.S. Attorney Dana J. Boente says the Carters allowed food stamp recipients to trade their Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program benefits for cash at the Merrimac Market The recipients received half the amount charged to EBT cards.

 

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