Texas Grocer Gets Prison Over Food Stamp Fraud

BROWNSVILLE, Texas (AP) - A South Texas grocer has been sentenced to almost four years in prison and must repay nearly $2.5 million over electronic food stamp fraud.

Prosecutors say 56-year-old Parviz Sheikh Rezaei ran Pariz Dollar Supermarket in Brownsville.

A federal judge in Brownsville on Tuesday sentenced the businessman to 46 months in prison.

Rezaei in August pleaded guilty in the fraud investigation involving swapping card benefits from participants in the food stamp program for is counted amounts of cash. Prosecutors say Rezaei would then charge the government for the full value of the Lone Star card transaction.