Three indicted on federal food stamp fraud charges in Cape Girardeau
Cape Girardeau, MO —
Workers from two southeast Missouri stores accused of misusing the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, or SNAP, were indicted in Cape Girardeau Wednesday.
The U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of Missouri said Wednesday that the workers were employed at Stop-N-Go Fish Market in Sikeston and Stop-N-Go Mini Mart in New Madrid.
The attorney’s office says 62-year-old Larry White Sr., of Sikeston, 34-year-old Erica White of Sikeston, and 29-year-old Avis White of Oran were each indicted by a federal grand jury on five felony counts of unauthorized use of SNAP benefits.
They are accused of conspiring to profit by exchanging SNAP benefits for lesser amounts of cash and allowing SNAP benefits to be used to get cash and to purchase ineligible items.
If convicted, each count carries a maximum sentence of five years in prison and/or as much as $250,000 in fines.