Cincinnati market owner indicted for food stamp fraud

A federal grand jury indicted a Cincinnati man for illegally exchanging food stamp cards for cash and other ineligible items including a gun according to an indictment announced Wednesday.

According to the indictment, Moustaphe Toure, 54, owned and operated Quick Stop Convenience Store and Sarah Carryout.

The indictment charges Toure with 20 counts of unauthorized use and possession of federal food stamp access devices. Each count is punishable by up to five years in prison. He is also charged with 23 counts of wire fraud for using the illegally acquired cards to access the balances on cards. Each wire fraud count is punishable by up to 30 years in prison.

Toure is also charged with one count of being an illegal alien in possession of a firearm, which is punishable by up to ten years in prison.

Toure entered pleas of not guilty. He was arrested on May 7 and is being held without bond.

Copyright 2014 WXIX. All rights reserved.