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A New Jersey man and former Connecticut supermarket employee has been sentenced to nearly three years in prison for his role in a $3.2 million food stamp fraud scheme.
U.S. District Judge Vanessa L. Bryant sentenced Muhammad Shahbaz, of Jersey City, New Jersey, to 33 months in prison on Wednesday after he agreed to a deal with federal prosecutors to plead guilty and repay the federal government $1.5 million.
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Authorities say Shahbaz was involved in a food stamp fraud scheme with his colleagues at W.B. Trade Fair Supermarket in Hartford, Connecticut, where they defrauded the government of $3.2 million since 2014.
Officials say Shahbaz and other employees allowed food stamp recipients to buy items not allowed under the food stamp program for a fee, such as tobacco or alcohol.
The Republican-American reported...
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