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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
Western District of New York

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Thursday, September 29, 2016

Owner Of Buffalo Deli Sentenced For Food Stamp Fraud

CONTACT:      Barbara Burns
PHONE:         (716) 843-5817
FAX:            (716) 551-3051

BUFFALO, N.Y.-U.S. Attorney William J. Hochul Jr. announced today that Samir Hassan, 36, of Buffalo, NY, who was convicted of food stamp fraud, was sentenced to 12 months in prison by U.S. District Judge Frank P. Geraci. The defendant was also ordered to pay restitution totaling $192,447.00.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Marie P. Grisanti, who handled the case, stated that Hassan was the owner and operator of City Market & Deli and City Market in Buffalo. Between November 1, 2010 and August 31, 2012, the defendant directed his employees to purchase food stamp benefits for less than their full value in exchange for cash from eligible beneficiaries.

The sentencing is the result of an investigation by the United States Department of Agriculture, Office of Inspector General, under the direction of Special Agent in Charge William Squires.

Updated September 30, 2016