Grocery store operators plead guilty to $147,000 food stamp scheme

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) — Two brothers who ran a grocery store together on Buffalo’s east side are facing prison time after pleading guilty to a food stamp fraud scheme.

The brothers, 28-year-old Bandar Alsaidi and 31-year-old Talal Alsaid, each operated a business called Big Boys Food Market on East Ferry Street in Buffalo. As operators, they applied to be authorized to accept food stamps and officials authorized them in January of 2012.

From 2012 to 2013, officials say the two brothers knowingly used cash to purchase food stamp benefits for less than half their face value from eligible beneficiaries. The action is in direct violation of the authorization to accept food stamps.

Over the year, the brothers exchanged over $147,000 in benefits for cash. Presented with the evidence, the Alsaidi brothers pleaded guilty to unauthorized use of food stamp benefits.

The two brothers face a maximum sentence of 20 years behind bars, a fine of $250,000 or both when they’re sentenced on Nov. 3.

 

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