Waukegan grocer accused in food stamp scam

June 23, 2011 11:54:02 AM PDT
Authorities say an undercover investigation led to charges against a couple who run a Sunset Food Market in Waukegan.

Fatima and Khaled Saleh own and operate the grocery store. They are accused of giving cash back to customers who paid a falsely inflated bill with food stamps and nutrition coupons; and of purchasing items from other stores bought by customers and re-selling those items for a higher price.

The two allegedly defrauded food stamp and government programs more than $500,000 in the past two years.

They are each charged with one count of conspiracy to defraud government programs and one count of Agriculture Department program fraud. Both are free on bond.

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