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Thursday, March 28, 2013, 1:36 p.m.
 

Authorities indicted a second South Hills convenience store owner for wire and food stamp fraud, according to federal court documents filed Thursday.

Emile Bizimungu, 31, of either Brentwood or Knoxville redeemed more than $40,000 in food stamps between September 2011 and July 2012 at his Dollar Grocery Center in Mount Oliver borough, but a “substantial portion” of the transactions were fraudulent, prosecutors say.

An indictment filed on Wednesday charged Samson Dweh, 30, of Whitehall of defrauding the program on a “substantial portion” of the more than $200,000 he redeemed in food stamps between August 2010 and July 2012 at his Mariama African Store in Carrick.

Both men paid customers 50 percent of the cash value of their food stamps, then redeemed them at full value and allowed customers to use food stamps to make credit account or loan payments, prosecutors say.

Dweh also allowed customers to buy items not covered under the food stamp program, prosecutors say.

There was no phone listing for either man, and no attorney was listed for either in court records.

Brian Bowling is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 412-325-4301 or bbowling@tribweb.com.

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