| News

Larger text Larger text Smaller text Smaller text | Order Photo Reprints

South Hills convenience store owners accused of food stamp fraud

Email Newsletters

Sign up for one of our email newsletters.

Daily Photo Galleries

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

Subscribe today! Click here for our subscription offers.




Show commenting policy

Most-Read Stories

  1. Crosby scores twice, Malkin delivers OT goal as Penguins beat Blues
  2. Steelers veteran linebacker Harrison focused on stretch run
  3. Friends, family, history lure natives back to Western Pennsylvania
  4. Steelers notebook: Tomlin ends practice with third-down work
  5. Pirates sign free agent 1B-OF Goebbert, RHP Webster
  6. Penguins co-owner Lemieux snuffs rumored rift with Crosby
  7. Emotional send-off awaits Pitt seniors
  8. Artis leads Pitt to lopsided victory over Cornell
  9. Starkey: Artie Rowell’s incredible odyssey
  10. Teen charged with firing shots in Wilkins, abducting woman
  11. Puppies’ eyes glued shut, South Huntingdon animal shelter says