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Tulsa convenience store owner sentenced for stealing from SNAP

TULSA, Okla._The owner of a Tulsa convenience store was sentenced to 18 months in prison and ordered to pay back the more than $280,000 he stole from SNAP.

Milton Islam, 47, owns Apache Food Mart in Tulsa. From May 26, 2011, until July 31, 2014, Islam admitted to stealing $282,912 from SNAP using a scheme in which customers used their SNAP benefits to receive cash, rather than nutritional assistance. The customers receiving cash only got half of what Islam kept from SNAP.

Islam was indicted by a grand jury in March 2015 and pleaded guilty May 12, 2015. In addition to the 18-month prison sentence, Islam must pay back the full $282,912.

SNAP offers nutrition assistance to eligible, low-income individuals and families. To report suspicious Nutrition Assistance fraud, call the Oklahoma Fraud Hotline at (405) 521-3444 or email OIGFraud2@okdhs.org, or contact the United States Department of Agriculture Office of the Inspector General at (800) 424-9121. For information on SNAP, visit www.fns.usda.gov/snap.

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