(KMOV) – A local man has pleaded guilty to food stamp fraud.
John Yatim, 51, pleaded guilty to stealing $250,000 in food stamp benefits from E and J Market in Ferguson.
According to court documents, Yatim traded cash and cigarettes for food stamp transactions repeatedly between 2004 and 2006. Yatim was charged this week.
Yatim has agreed to pay $244, 350.00 to the government.
Yatim moved to Arizona three years ago and is currently out on bond.
He could face up to more than a year in prison.
This is the second time this month food stamp fraud has become an issue. Earlier, a Washington Park convenience store owner charged with stealing more than one million dollars in illegal food stamp transactions.