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Owner of Natrona Heights store indicted for food stamp fraud

| Friday, Dec. 6, 2013, 1:36 a.m.

Store owner indicted

The owner of a Natrona Heights convenience store defrauded the Department of Agriculture's food stamp program out of more than $128,000 between 2009 and 2013, federal prosecutors say.

A federal grand jury on Thursday indicted Waqar A. Malik, 56, of Indiana Township on 12 counts including conspiracy, food stamp fraud, theft of government funds and money laundering.

Malik, the co-owner of Natrona Heights Food Mart on Freeport Road, allowed customers to use food stamps to buy ineligible products, prosecutors say. He also repeatedly withdrew money from a food stamp account to buy cigarettes from a vendor, prosecutors say. The other owner is not a defendant, according to the indictment.

There was no attorney listed for Malik and no home phone listing. There was no answer at his store.

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