- Associated Press - Thursday, September 10, 2015

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) - A federal judge has sentenced a grocery store owner to more than three years in prison for food stamp and tax fraud.

U.S. Attorney Joyce White Vance says District Judge R. David Proctor sentenced 33-year-old Sufyan Hazem Saleh of Birmingham Thursday for food stamp and tax fraud totaling more than $1.6 million. Vance says Saleh subscribed to false tax returns for 2009 and 2010.

Proctor ordered Saleh to pay restitution of $498,470 to the IRS and $1,125,772 to the USDA, which administers the food stamp program under the name Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program.

Vance says Saleh pleaded guilty in June.

Vance say the indictment and plea agreement says that Saleh owns the now closed City Supermarket, a convenience grocery store that was authorized by USDA to accept food stamp benefits.

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