Mt. Oliver grocer guilty of food stamp fraud

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A man who ran the Dollar Grocery Center in Mount Oliver pleaded guilty Wednesday to wire fraud and food stamp fraud.

Emile Bizimungu, 32, got USDA approval to accept food stamp cards in 2011. Starting a month later, according to the indictment against him, he began trading benefits for cash, then billing the government as if they were spent on food. The total reached more than $40,000, according to the charges.

He faces sentencing Aug. 11 before U.S. District Judge Gustave Diamond.

Mr. Bizimungu was one of numerous small shopkeepers charged in a push to prosecute and deter food stamp fraud.

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