- Associated Press - Friday, October 31, 2014

ATLANTA (AP) - Federal prosecutors say an Atlanta man has been sentenced for illegally buying government vouchers meant to support new mothers and their children.

Authorities say 56-year-old Michael Benton of Atlanta, who owned a small store in Griffin, was caught in an undercover investigation that began in 2010. Prosecutors say Benton and his employees illegally bought 117 WIC vouchers from undercover agents who were posing as recipients of the government benefit and deposited the vouchers in the business’ bank account.

WIC is a federal program meant to support low-income women and children.

Benton was convicted of theft of public funds and has been sentenced to three years and five months in prison. He’s been ordered to pay more than $1.4 million in restitution.

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