Restaurant owners sent to prison for food aid fraud

The owners of a Muskegon barbecue restaurant have been sentenced to prison for food stamp fraud.
AP Wire
Jan 23, 2013

 

A federal judge on Tuesday ordered 18 months for Ed Townsend and 15 months in custody for his wife, Yvonne.

The government said the Townsends paid cash to food stamp recipients in exchange for a larger swipe of the electronic benefits card at their restaurant, Mr. T's. The Townsends admit they also bought food stamp cards from people and used them to buy supplies for the restaurant.

The loss to the government is pegged at $219,000.

Defense attorney John Beason said he'd hoped to keep the Townsends out of prison. He said they broke the law, but were trying to help people with cash and keep the business afloat.

Comments

rukidding

Don't steal; the IRS hates competition.

Wingmaster

We should shut the gubment down for making it so easy for people to commit fraud with food stamps. What is good action to solve the gun supplier problem we have at Felix's, would be good solution for gubment too don't ya think!!

Back to the Wall

Oh silly, foodstamps only enslave segments of society, whereas guns... ooooh teh gunz are EEEEEVIL +++ eleventy zomg

 

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