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May 31, 2011 > Stockton brothers sentenced in food stamp scheme

Stockton brothers sentenced in food stamp scheme

Submitted By AP Wire Service

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP), May 27 - Two brothers from Stockton are headed to prison after pleading guilty to a food stamp fraud scheme that netted more than $2.6 million.

U.S. Attorney Benjamin Wagner says a federal judge in Sacramento on Thursday sentenced 54-year-old Ahmad Khan and 49-year-old Mumraiz Khan to 70 months and 63 months, respectively.

According to court documents, the brothers used their convenience store, Smoke Shop & Snack, to illegally purchase food stamps at 50 cents on the dollar over a period of five and a half years.

Tax records showed that in 2008, the store's food stamp redemptions exceeded its food sales by 10,000 percent.

The Khans wired some of the profits to Pakistan, prompting money laundering charges, to which they also pleaded guilty.

Ahmad Khan's daughter, 23-year-old Naheed Khan of Stockton, pleaded guilty to conspiracy and was sentenced to three years' probation.

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