Mt. Oliver store owner sentenced for food stamp fraud
A federal judge sentenced a Mt. Oliver store owner on Tuesday to three years of probation and six months of house arrest for food stamp fraud.
U.S. District Judge Gustave Diamond sentenced Emile Bizimungu, 32, for redeeming fraudulent food stamps between September 2011 and July 2012 at his Dollar Grocery Center in Mt. Oliver Borough. He was ordered to pay $24,000 in restitution to the government.
Prosecutors said he 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.
Bobby Kerlik is a staff writer for Trib Total Media.
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