Iskander charged an unusually high amount of food to food stamp recipients’ benefit cards and handed them back half of the money, prosecutors say.
Investigators with the Oregon Department of Human Services, the agency that administers the food stamp program for the state, watched as customers entered Iskander’s store, were charged a high-dollar amount for food, and left the store carrying no groceries.
This instance of food stamp fraud occurred at the state level, although these types of fraud cases occur at both state and federal levels.
In January, a Baltimore man was sentenced to 27 months in federal prison for carrying out $1.5 million worth of food stamp fraud.
In that same month, the Justice Department accused a Tennessee meat market owner of orchestrating a $1.2 million food stamp fraud scheme.