Cameron Park store owner pleads guilty in 'food stamps for cash' case
Tue, 23 Aug 2011 16:30:36 GMT —
A Cameron Park store owner had pleaded guilty in a 'food stamps for cash' case.
U.S. Immigration & Customs Enforcement (ICE) agents arrest Parviz Sheikh Rezaei and two store employees back in April.
The three are charged in a 19-page, 45-count federal indictment for food stamp fraud.
The indictment alleges that they traded cash for at least $3.6 million dollars in food stamps with customers at Rezaei's store in Cameron Park.
Rezaei appeared before a U.S. District Court Judge Andrew Hanen in Brownsville and plead guilty in the case on Tuesday afternoon.
The Pariz Dollar Supermarket owner pleaded guilty to nine separate charges.
He also agreed to forfeit his stores Lone Star Card reading machine and more than $276,000 dollars in cash and funds from 26 bank accounts.
Court records show that Rezaei, an Iranian national, has been in jail since his arrest.
Two different federal judges have denied bond for Rezaei in three different hearings since his arrest.
One judge who denied him bond stated that his immigration status is questionable and there are discrepancies in the report as to his personal information and finances.
Rezaei is expected to be sentenced on November 28th.
He faces five to 20 years in federal prison and $5,000 to $500,000 dollars in fines for the different charges against him.