Worcester, MA – A woman who defrauded the federal government of about $3.6 million in food stamp benefits through a scheme she ran out of her Massachusetts convenience store has been sentenced to a year in prison.
The Telegram & Gazette (http://bit.ly/29t4Rnd ) reports Worcester (WUS’-tur) resident Vida Ofori Causey also was ordered Monday to forfeit the money she made in what prosecutors called the largest food stamp fraud case in the state.
The 46-year-old Causey pleaded guilty in December to charges including conspiracy to commit Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program benefits fraud and money laundering.
Prosecutors had sought a nearly four-year prison term. Causey’s lawyer asked for probation.
Prosecutors say Causey and two employees paid customers 50 cents cash for every food-stamp dollar and then received the full value in reimbursement from the government.
Information from: Telegram & Gazette (Worcester, Mass.), http://www.telegram.com