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Buffalo business owner gets 2 years probation for food stamp fraud

A Buffalo business owner who was convicted of conspiracy to commit food stamp fraud has been sentenced in federal court to serve two years of probation and pay $82,066 in restitution, according to the U.S. Attorney's Office.

Prosecutors said David Sobczyk, 43, also was required to forfeit $33,992.

Sobczyk operated a food truck delivery business, Sobczyk Services, as a for-credit operation, in which he allowed food stamp customers to purchase items from him on credit.

Prosecutors said Sobczyk obtained the customers' identifying information, including their electronic benefits transfer card numbers and PIN numbers, which would cause funds to be deducted from the beneficiaries’ Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program benefits accounts on the date that the benefits were available on their EBT cards.

A business associate provided Sobczyk with the vehicle to use for his food truck delivery business and was paid monthly by Sobczyk for the vehicle, knowing Sobczyk was operating it as a for-credit business contrary to the policies of the federal program, prosecutors said.

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