Store owner sentenced to prison for SNAP fraud charges

The co-owner of a Cape Girardeau County, Missouri, store has been sentenced to 21 months in prison Monday on charges he misused the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, or SNAP.

The United States Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of Missouri announced the sentence Monday afternoon. The office says 46-year-old Patrick Buck, who co-owns B&H Convenience, illegally redeemed up to $550,000 in SNAP benefits between January 2010 and March 2014.

Buck was was also ordered to pay $550,000 in restitution to the United States Department of Agriculture as part of the sentence. He pleaded guilty to the charges — four felony counts of unauthorized use of SNAP benefits — in May of this year. He was sentenced on Monday, Aug. 15 before U.S. District Judge Ronnie White in Cape Girardeau. 

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