Convenience Store Owner Sentenced For Fraud
A Gainesville convenience store owner--found guilty of food stamp fraud--will pay for the crime.
48 year old Syed Hossain, who was arrested in December, pleaded No Contest in court Thursday.
He was ordered by Judge Martha Lott to pay the State $80,000 in restitution and Gainesville Police another $20,000 for the cost of the investigation.
Police say Hossain, the owner of SMI Food Store on S. Main Street, bought customer's food stamp benefits for half price and then used their state EBT cards to buy items at other stores.
Hossain will also have to serve house arrest and then probation.
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