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4/26/2018

Chinatown Baker Sentenced To A Year In Jail For Food Stamp Fraud

Xi Xian Lei and his Meisum Bakery were both sentenced in connection with food stamp fraud.

By Jenna Fisher

BOSTON, MA — A bakery based out of Chinatown and its owner were sentenced in federal court Tuesday for scamming the USDA out of $740,000 in food stamp money.

SNAP, administered by the U.S. Department of Agriculture, provides eligible households with government subsidies for food and allows holders to exchange their SNAP benefits for food at authorized retail food stores.

From about October 2010 through April 2012, Lei and Meisum Bakery employees purchased SNAP benefits from legitimate SNAP beneficiaries for cash at a discounted value of approximately 50 cents for every SNAP dollar; however, neither Meisum Bakery Inc. nor Lei was authorized to accept SNAP benefits as payment for goods at the bakery. Lei and Meisum Bakery employees subsequently redeemed the SNAP benefits by using the beneficiaries' EBT (Electronic Benefit Transfer) cards to buy goods and earn credit at stores that were authorized to accept SNAP benefits.

During the course of the conspiracy, Meisum Bakery Inc. and Lei defrauded the USDA of more than $740,000 in SNAP funds.

U.S. District Court Judge Nathaniel M. Gorton sentenced Meisum Bakery Inc. to one year of probation and Xi Xian Lei to one year and one day in prison and one year of supervised release.

Lei and Meisum Bakery were also ordered to pay $747,134 in restitution. In November 2016, Meisum Bakery Inc. and Lei pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to commit SNAP (Supplemental Nutritional Assistance Program) benefits fraud and two counts of SNAP fraud. 






4/26/2018

波士顿华埠一烘焙店诈骗74万元粮食券 被判刑



波士顿华埠烘焙店美心饼家及其店主雷西贤在波士顿联邦法院被判定与诈骗超过74万元粮食券罪有关,判处雷西贤一年零一天监禁和一年监外看管,美心饼家公司一年缓刑。(本报资料图)

波士顿华埠烘焙店美心饼家及其店主雷西贤(Xi Xian Lei,音译)24日在波士顿联邦法院被判定与诈骗超过74万元粮食券罪有关,判处雷西贤一年零一天监禁和一年监外看管,美心饼家公司一年缓刑。

根据司法部资料,联邦地区法院法官还要求美心饼家和雷西贤支付74万7134元赔偿款。2016年11月,美心饼家公司和雷西贤被控一项“营养补充援助项目”(Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program,简称SNAP,俗称粮食券)串谋福利欺诈,及两项粮食券欺诈,并在庭上认罪。

检方资料显示,2010年10月至2012年4月间,雷西贤和美心饼家员工用现金从合法领取粮食券者手中换取,以约50美分换1元粮食券低价收入。然而,雷西贤和美心饼家都没有接受粮食券支付的资格。雷西贤及其员工其后将这些收入的粮食券通过兑换电子福利转换卡来购买商品或到可用粮食券支付的店面使用。此期间,雷西贤和美心饼家共骗取74万元。


Source: http://www.wenxuecity.com/news/2018/04/26/7198447.html





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Tuesday, April 24, 2018

Meisum Bakery Inc. And Owner Sentenced for Food Stamp Fraud

BOSTON – Meisum Bakery Inc. and its owner, Xi Xian Lei, were sentenced today in federal court in Boston in connection with a more than $740,000 food stamp fraud scheme that Lei and his employees operated out of a Chinatown bakery.

Meisum Bakery Inc. was sentenced by U.S. District Court Judge Nathaniel M. Gorton to one year of probation and Lei was sentenced to one year and one day in prison and one year of supervised release. Lei and Meisum Bakery were also ordered to pay $747,134 in restitution. In November 2016, Meisum Bakery Inc. and Lei pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to commit SNAP (Supplemental Nutritional Assistance Program) benefits fraud and two counts of SNAP fraud. 

SNAP, administered by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), provides eligible households with government subsidies for food and allows holders to exchange their SNAP benefits for food at authorized retail food stores.

From about October 2010 through April 2012, Lei and Meisum Bakery employees purchased SNAP benefits from legitimate SNAP beneficiaries for cash at a discounted value of approximately 50 cents for every SNAP dollar; however, neither Meisum Bakery Inc. nor Lei was authorized to accept SNAP benefits as payment for goods at the bakery. Lei and Meisum Bakery employees subsequently redeemed the SNAP benefits by using the beneficiaries’ EBT (Electronic Benefit Transfer) cards to buy goods and earn credit at stores that were authorized to accept SNAP benefits.

During the course of the conspiracy, Meisum Bakery Inc. and Lei defrauded the USDA of more than $740,000 in SNAP funds.

United States Attorney Andrew E. Lelling; Bethanne M. Dinkins, Special Agent in Charge of the U.S. Department of Agriculture, Office of Inspector General, Office of Investigations, Northeast Region; Kristina O’Connell, Special Agent in Charge of the Internal Revenue Service’s Criminal Investigations in Boston; and Boston Police Commissioner William Evans, made the announcement today. Assistant U.S. Attorneys Robert Richardson and Suzanne Sullivan Jacobus of Lelling’s Major Crimes Unit prosecuted the case.


Source: https://www.justice.gov/usao-ma/pr/meisum-bakery-inc-and-owner-sentenced-food-stamp-fraud








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