- Associated Press - Monday, December 7, 2015

EVERETT, Wash. (AP) - An Everett grocery store owner accused of orchestrating a food stamp scam has been sent to prison and ordered to forfeit more than $410,000.

The Daily Herald reports (https://bit.ly/1YSwJoq ) Fraz “Tony” Mushtaq has forfeited money seized from various bank accounts and was sentenced to more than a year in prison. Mushtag, who previously pleaded guilty to trafficking in food stamp benefits, is allowed to keep his Everett home under the settlement reached with prosecutors.

Everett officers raided Mushtaq’s business in February 2014 following a yearlong investigation.

Prosecutors claim Mushtaq had purchased food stamp benefit cards and used the cards to purchase inventory in his store.

Mushtaq was suspected of making hundreds of thousands of dollars off the scheme and laundering the money through his business.

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Information from: The Daily Herald, https://www.heraldnet.com

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