- Associated Press - Monday, April 20, 2015

FARGO, N.D. (AP) - A North Dakota couple will have to complete 100 hours of community service and be on probation for 18 months for fraudulently using someone else’s food stamps.

U.S. District Judge Ralph Erickson has also ordered 56-year-old Tim Koropatnicki and 55-year-old Delyte Koropatnicki to pay over $6,500 in restitution. The couple owns DKK Guardianship Services.

Tim Koropatnicki earlier pleaded guilty to a felony charge of unauthorized use of benefits, while Delyte Koropatnicki pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor offense of conversion of public money, property or records.

Federal authorities say the Pingree residents were the guardians of a client between March and May 2013 who received benefits through the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, or SNAP.

Authorities say the couple used their client’s benefits to buy groceries and meat for their personal use.

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