A Buffalo deli operator faces up to 20 years in prison and a $250,000 fine when he is sentenced on his guilty plea to food stamp fraud, U.S. Attorney William J. Hochul Jr. reported Friday.
Karem Almadrahi, 35, admitted he and others exchanged food stamp benefits for cash while participating in the operation of Zip’s Food and Beverage at 896 Niagara St., according to Assistant U.S. Attorney Robert C. Moscati.
Almadrahi, Moscati reported, acquired $67,301 through the fraudulent transactions.
As part of the plea agreement, Almadrahi will be required to make full restitution to the U.S. Department of Agriculture.
Almadrahi is scheduled to be sentenced April 17 before U.S. District Judge Richard J. Arcara.