- Associated Press - Friday, November 6, 2015

BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) - Two brothers have been sentenced for a food stamp scheme they ran out of their family’s convenience store in Buffalo.

The U.S. Attorney’s Office says 28-year-old Bandar Alsaidi was sentenced Thursday to a year in prison and his 31-year-old brother Talal Alsaidi was sentenced to two years of probation with five months of home detention.

Both men were also ordered to repay to the U.S. government more than $147,000 for the $295,000 in illegal food stamp benefits they acquired between April 2012 and May 2013 while working at the now-closed Big Boys Food Market on East Ferry Street.

The brothers pleaded guilty in July to unauthorized use of food stamp benefits.

Federal prosecutors say the men and their employees bought food stamp benefits for less than their full value for cash from eligible beneficiaries.


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