Bridgeport store operator pleads guilty to food stamp fraud

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HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — A Fairfield woman has pleaded guilty to nearly $300,000 in food stamp fraud at a Bridgeport deli.

Federal prosecutors say Jamila Aboutayeb pleaded guilty Thursday in federal court in Hartford to one count of unlawful use of food stamp benefits.

The 54-year-old Aboutayeb admitted she unlawfully exchanged customers’ food stamp benefits for ineligible items such as cash, cigarettes and alcoholic beverages between June 2013 and March 2014.

Authorities say more than $285,000 in illegal food stamp benefits were redeemed at the store.

Aboutayeb is scheduled to be sentenced in March and faces up to five years imprisonment, a fine and restitution.

Her brother, Khalid Aboutayeb, pleaded guilty in December to unlawfully exchanging food stamp benefits for ineligible items and cash.

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