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Tuesday, October 06, 2015

Woman ordered to repay $400K for food-stamp fraud

HAGÅTÑA, Guam — A woman who abused a federal welfare program owes the government $400,000, a federal judge ruled Monday.

The suspect, Hee Ja Jeong, was sentenced in U.S. District Court here to eight months of house arrest and five years of probation. Guam has been a U.S. territory since 1898.

In March 2014, Jeong signed a plea agreement in which she admitted to a single count of unauthorized use of food stamp benefits, but over more than two years she reportedly cost the U.S. Department of Agriculture hundreds of thousands of dollars.

Jeong’s Harmon, Guam-based convenience store, New Family Market, was one of four convenience stores identified in May 2014 as possible abusers of the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, the successor to the federal food-stamp program.


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