Court upholds $2.1M restitution order for food stamp fraud

Posted at 4:55 AM, Jul 29, 2016
and last updated 2016-07-29 07:56:23-04

Arizona authorities say a court has upheld a more than $2 million restitution order in a food stamps fraud case.

A Glendale couple was sentenced in April 2015 and ordered to repay the stolen funds.

They were accused of fraudulently charging the Supplemental Nutritional Assistance Program for cash and split the money with the SNAP recipient.

Prosecutors say about $2.3 million in illegal transactions occurred at the store between November 2010 and March 2014.

Bernard Le-Uh owns Nicben African Caribbean Market Plus along with his wife and he challenged the restitution amount.

Court hearings began in January with closing arguments submitted in May.

Arizona Department of Economic Security officials say the court issued a decision Monday to uphold the $2.1 million restitution amount.