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New Orleans Merchant Pleads Guilty To Fraud

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NEW ORLEANS (AP) - A suburban New Orleans merchant has pleaded guilty to receiving more than $2.2 million from the federal government through unauthorized food stamp benefits.
 
The U.S. Attorney's Office says 44-year-old Long T. Trinh entered the plea Thursday before U.S. District Judge Mary Ann Vial Lemmon.
 
According to court documents, Trinh knowingly presented for payment and redemption benefits which had been purchased in exchange for cash and ineligible items through his store Seafood Heaven based in Gretna.
 
Trinh faces up to five years in prison and a $250,000 fine. Sentencing is set for April 3.

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