Monroe grocery store owner pleads guilty to benefits fraud
MONROE - A Monroe grocery store owner has pleaded guilty to conspiracy to provide cash and ineligible items to SNAP and WIC recipients in exchange for their benefits.
U.S. Attorney Stephanie Finley said 60-year-old Allen Woods, of Monroe, pleaded guilty Thursday to one count of criminal conspiracy and one count of theft of government property.
The plea will become final when accepted by U.S. District Judge Robert G. James.
Woods faces up to five years in prison for the conspiracy count and up to 10 years in prison for the theft count. He also faces forfeiture of money and property connected with the charges.
A sentencing date of August 30 was set.
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