Arlington man, employee sentenced for food stamp scheme at Dallas store

A convenience store owner from Arlington and his manager have been sentenced to more than seven years in prison for a food stamp scheme that caused almost $2 million in losses to a federal program, the U.S. attorney’s office reported Monday.

Kamardeen Ogunleye, 52, of Arlington, who owned KSO Dollar Mart in Dallas, was sentenced Friday to five years in federal prison. The store manager, Robert Gordon, 31, of Balch Springs, was sentenced to 27 months in prison.

U.S. District Judge Sidney A. Fitzwater also ordered Ogunleye and Gordon to pay $1.9 million in restitution to the U.S. Department of Agriculture Food and Nutrition Service, according to a news release.

In April, the two men pled guilty to one count of conspiracy to commit food stamp fraud. Ogunleye also pled guilty to one count of wire fraud.

The two must surrender prison officials on Sept. 9.

The food stamp fraud scheme ran from March 2010 to September 2013 and caused more than $2 million in losses to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program.

Prosecutors said Gordon and Ogunleye bought food stamps benefits from legitimate recipients in exchange for cash. They paid receipients about one dollar for every two dollars’ worth of benefits. Recipients were then free to spend the cash without the restricitions imposed on SNAP purchases.

Between April 9, 2010, and June 17, 2013, SNAP redemptions totaling $2.1 million were deposited at Ogunleye’s two bank accounts. Ogunleye kept most of the proceeds, but he paid Gordon a weekly salary of $300 to $600, the news release said.