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$67,301 restitution ordered in food stamp fraud case

A Buffalo man has been ordered to pay $67,301 in restitution to the U.S. Department of Agriculture after being convicted of food stamp fraud, U.S. Attorney William J. Hochul said Tuesday.

U.S. District Judge Richard J. Arcara also sentenced Karem Almadrahi, 25, to eight months of home confinement and three years probation.

Prosecutors said Almadrahi helped operate Zip’s Food & Beverage, a Niagara Street deli, where he and others gave customers cash for their food stamps for about two years in violation of the rules of the food stamp program.