Convenience store owner pleads guilty to food stamp fraud

A Cape Girardeau convenience store owner pled guilty to misusing using food stamps on Monday.

The United States Attorney’s Office Eastern District of Missouri says 45-year-old Patrick Buck admitted that he illegally redeemed up to $550,000 in Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, or SNAP benefits, between January 2010 and March 2014.

Buck is the co-owner of B & H Convenience store.

SNAP benefits can only be used for the sale of eligible food items. They are not permitted to be redeemed or exchanged for cash, or other ineligible items such as household goods, alcoholic beverages, tobacco products, cell phones, or other non-food items.

Buck pled guilty to four felony counts of unauthorized use of SNAP benefits. Each count carries a maximum penalty of five years in prison and/or fines up to $250,000.

He will be sentenced on August 15.

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