LACKAWANNA, N.Y. (WIVB) - A Lackawanna store owner must repay the government $73,400 after being convicted of food stamp fraud.
Tofeek Albanna owned and operated LA Fashions on Holland Avenue, and primarily stocked clothing, but had some food items in the store. Prosecutors say despite selling mostly clothing, the 37-year-old man redeemed over $100,000 in food stamp benefits between February 2009 and April 2010.
A lengthy investigation revealed Albanna was selling clothing for benefits, as well as paying cash for the food stamps.
In addition to paying the money back, Albanna will also spend the next 15 months in prison.
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