Deli owner and manager charged with food stamp fraud

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Posted on January 19, 2011 at 5:10 PM

(KMOV)-- Two men have been charged with food stamp fraud in St. Louis.

James Fitch, 49, and Brian Stanberry, 32, pled guilty to redeeming unauthorized stamps totaling more than $400,000.

According to court documents, Fitch operated two stores between 2006 and 2008: TR Corner Store and 14th Street Deli. Stanberry was a manager at 14th Street Market.

Both stores were authorized to accept Electronic Benefits Transfer (EBT) cards, which can be redeemed for qualified food products.

Officials say the men regularly redeemed EBT cards for unauthorized items, which can include cigarettes, prepared food, liquor, and electronics.

Fitch and Stanberry are subject to a forfeiture allegation, which will require them to forfeit to government money derived from illegal activity.

Fitch pled guilty to one felony count of food stamp fraud. Stanberry pled guilty to six counts of food stamp fraud.

They will be sentenced May 5th.

Fitch faces up to 20 years in prison and fines up to $250,000 per count.

Stanberry could get a maximum of five years in prison and fines up to $250,000 per count.

 

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