- Associated Press - Saturday, December 20, 2014

NORFOLK, Va. (AP) - The former owner of a Norfolk convenience store has been charged with the unlawful use of food stamp benefits.

James Robert Carter was charged in a federal information Wednesday with obtaining at least $2 million from the Supplemental Nutrition Assistant Program. A federal information typically signals a defendant’s willingness to cooperate.

Carter’s attorney, Robert Foley, told The Virginian-Pilot (https://bit.ly/1xyhEh7 ) he anticipates a plea hearing will be held next month.

Court documents show Carter swiped customer’s EBT cards at the Merrimac Market in Norfolk. He would typically give them cash for about half the amount charged to their cards while keeping the rest. Prosecutors allege the conspiracy occurred from about January 2009 to November 2013.

The newspaper reports a city task force uncovered problems during a routine store inspection in 2012.

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Information from: The Virginian-Pilot, https://pilotonline.com

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