LAFAYETTE, La. –The U.S. Attorney's Office announced Tuesday that Vincent Edward DaPrince, or better known as Vincent Briggs, 46, of Lake Charles, was sentenced to 51 months in prison on charges of food stamp fraud and wire fraud.
Authorities say the charges will run concurrent and includes three years of supervised release per count for the charges. DaPrince pled guilty on April 19 to one count of food stamp fraud and one count of wire fraud.
The sentence was handed down to DaPrince by U.S. District Judge Richard T. Haik in federal court in Lafayette, in connection with the theft of over $1 million in food stamp benefits.
Haik ordered the defendant to serve 50 hours of community service for the first 12 months of supervised release and to pay exactly $1,289,513.87 in restitution to the United States Department of Agriculture.
According to reports, DaPrince was approved to be a Food Stamp Program retailer on June 23, 2008, and began operating a mobile food service business from a van called Da Store/Dr. Restaurant in the Lake Charles area.
The investigation revealed that from Jan. 1, 2009 through Dec. 16, 2010, recipients of the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), formerly known as the Food Stamp Program, would approach DaPrince's mobile convenience store in order to "sell" their SNAP benefits to DaPrince.
DaPrince would swipe the SNAP recipients' Electronic Benefit Transfer (EBT) cards, and then would provide the recipients with 60 percent of the cash proceeds.
Wednesday, May 22 2013 10:16 AM EDT2013-05-22 14:16:34 GMT
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