Store Owner Charged With Food Stamp Fraud
Florence Kingsley, 59, of Darby, Pennsylvania, was charged today by information in a scheme to defraud the Federal Food Stamp Program, announced United States Attorney Zane David Memeger. According to the information, Kingsley, who owned Aunty Florence’s West African Food Market, in Darby, PA, was exchanging Food Stamp benefits for cash in violation of Federal law. In one instance, it is alleged, that Kingsley purchased $200.23 in Food Stamp benefits and gave the Food Stamp recipient $120 in cash, keeping the remaining monetary value for herself. The information alleges that Kingsley defrauded the government program out of approximately $296,000.
If convicted the defendant faces a maximum possible sentence of five years in prison, a fine of up to $250,000, mandatory restitution, and 2 years of supervised release.
The case was investigated by the United States Department of Agriculture’s Office of Inspector General and is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Floyd J. Miller.
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