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two Connecticut men have become charged up With defrauding the federal Supplemental Nutrition and Assistance Program (SNAP) after allowing federal food aid recipients to redeem their benefits for cash, male enhancement pills, gasoline and other ineligible items at a convenience store.

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Manchester store and gas station owner Jawed Saeed, and Dastgir Saeed, a man who helped operate it, were indicted by a federal grand jury on charges of food stamp fraud and arrested last month, acting Connecticut US Attorney Leonard Boyle made the announcement Friday.

a Press release The Justice Department alleged that “between November 2016 and January 2020, Javid Saeed, Dastagir Saeed and others illegally allowed customers to redeem their Food Stamp benefits for cash and other ineligible items, including gasoline and male enhancement.” Contains pills.”

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The DOJ also noted that both men “charged a premium of about 50 percent for these transactions from customers’ food stamp cards.”

The indictment charges both Saeed with “one count of conspiracy to commit food stamp fraud and one count of food stamp fraud”, with each charge carrying a maximum prison term of five years.

During the trial, both the men were released on bail.

The investigation is being conducted by the US Department of Agriculture, Office of the Inspector General. The case is being tried by Assistant US Attorney Anastasia E. King.