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Former owner of Norfolk store sentenced in food stamp scheme


NORFOLK, Va. (AP) — The former owner of a convenience store in Norfolk will spend more than two years in prison for participating in a food stamp scheme.

According to court documents, James Robert Carter allowed food stamp recipients to trade their Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program benefits for cash. The 75-year-old Carter gave the recipients about half the amount charged to their EBT cards at the Merrimac Mart and kept the rest of the money.

The Virginian-Pilot (http://bit.ly/1Eui5vy ) reports that Carter was sentenced on Monday in federal court in Norfolk to 2½ years in prison. He had pleaded guilty to conspiracy in January.

Carter’s son, Dwayne, also is charged with conspiracy. The younger Carter is scheduled to stand trial on May 5.


Information from: The Virginian-Pilot, http://pilotonline.com


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