Buffalo Man Sentenced for Food Stamp Fraud

June 19, 2013 Updated Jun 19, 2013 at 3:04 AM EDT

By Mitch Simon

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Buffalo Man Sentenced for Food Stamp Fraud

June 19, 2013 Updated Jun 19, 2013 at 3:04 AM EDT

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WKBW) -- A Buffalo man was sentenced for food stamp fraud in court Tuesday afternoon.

U.S. Attorney William Hochul announced today that 25-year-old Karem Almadrahi, who was convicted of food stamp fraud, was sentenced to eight months of home confinement and three years probation.

Almadrahi was also ordered to pay restitution in the amount of $67,301 to the United States Department of Agriculture.

Attorneys say Almadrahi participated in the operation of a deli known as Zip's Food and Beverage at 896 Niagara Street.

He and others exchanged customers' food stamp benefits for cash in violation of the known rules governing the food stamp program.

In less than a two year period, Almadrahi acquired approximately $67,301 through these fraudulent transactions.