The proprietor of a company that supplies many Baltimore-area Indian restaurants has been charged with defrauding the federal government of more than $500,000 in federal food stamp benefits.
Amarit Sing Aulakh, the owner of Bombay Bazaar in the 1500 block of W. Pratt St. was charged in a one-count information.
He is accused of purchasing hundreds of thousands of dollars in food stamp benefits for less than face value, taking reimbursements for the full amount, and pocketing the difference. Federal law prohibits selling or exchanging food stamp benefits for cash.
If convicted, Mr. Aulakh could be sentenced to five years in prison and fined $250,000.
Prosecutors said that after Mr. Aulakh's business became authorized to handle electronic food stamps in June 1992, monthly food stamp sales escalated sharply.