Two Wichita men are arrested and charged with conspiracy to exchange food stamp benefits for cash.
The U.S. Attorney's Office says some of the incidents happened right across the street from the Federal Courthouse.
Authorities say Ahmed Ajami Al-Maleki and Wally Mikhael Gaggo tried defrauding the USDA by giving cash to food stamp recipients.
The U.S. Attorney's Office says the men would get EFT cards loaded with food stamp credits from recipients along with PIN numbers while they stood outside a center for the homeless.
Authorities then say the men would run the cards through a terminal used by Al-Maleki at his grocery store, the Kansas Food Market at 2600 N. Arkansas. Then cash was given to the food stamp recipient, most transactions were 50 cents on the dollar. That means for $300 worth of benefits, the recipients would get $150 in cash. Al-Maleki's business account would then by credited with $300 from the USDA.
If the men are convicted, they face up to five years in prison and a fine of up to $250,000.