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Baltimore store owner sentenced to 27 months in federal prison in 'food stamp trafficking' case

Baltimore store owner sentenced to 27 months in federal prison in 'food stamp trafficking' case

A 53-year-old Baltimore man was sentenced this week to 27 months in federal prison and ordered to pay more than $1.5 million in restitution after pleading guilty to food stamp and wire fraud, federal prosecutors announced Wednesday.

Between 2010 and 2016, Kassem Mohammad Hafeed gave cash to customers of his Yemen Grocery, in the 1400 block of W. Lombard St. in Union Square, in exchange for Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program or SNAP benefits, normally paying them half of what the benefits were worth, prosecutors said.

Hafeed would then redeem the benefits — intended to provide low-income individuals with debit cards that can be used to purchase fruits, vegetables, and...

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