The owner of a grocery store in Ithaca has pleaded guilty to federal charges related to a scheme involving food stamps.
Abdul Jalil, 55, who owns Ithaca Halal Meat and Grocery pleaded guilty to federal food stamp fraud, according to the Ithaca Voice. They report that he “exchanged food stamp benefits for cash with customers at his store.”
How much did he exchange? According to prosecutors Jalil will have to pay the full-amount back, which is $120, 061.
He faces up to five years in prison and added fines of up to $250,000.
The store had been launched around 2018.
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