Court awards $238,000 judgement against 'food stamp fraudsters' - FOX Carolina 21

Court awards $238,000 judgement against 'food stamp fraudsters'

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SPARTANBURG, SC (FOX Carolina) -

A court awarded a $238,000 judgement on Friday against a "food stamp fraudsters" who ran a Spartanburg convenience store.

U.S. Attorney Bill Nettles said Issa Saba operated New Deal's Food Market where he would illegally purchase food stamps from food stamp recipients.

Nettles said Saba would purchase them at half the value and then use them to purchase goods at other retails stores. The goods were then sold at New Deal's.

Saba and co-owner Hany Samir Nagib both pleaded guilty to criminal fraud charges.

"This civil default judgment is based on a lawsuit originally filed under the qui tam, or whistleblower, provision of the False Claims Act, which allows private persons with knowledge of false claims to bring civil actions on behalf of the government and to share in any recovery. The whistleblower in this case was the City of Spartanburg," Nettles said in a press release.

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