Albuquerque man sentenced for defrauding food stamps program

Food Stamps

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) – An Albuquerque man has been sentenced to four years of probation and ordered to pay more than $8,300 in restitution for defrauding the federal food stamp program.

Federal prosecutors say 47-year-old Wilfredo Lopez was sentenced Thursday.

He was one of six defendants charged in a 32-count indictment in August 2014 with the unauthorized use of food stamp benefits from September 2009 to May 2010.

One of the defendants worked as a family assistance analyst for the Income Support Division of the New Mexico Human Services Department, where he was responsible for determining applicants’ eligibility for food stamps and benefit level.

In May 2015, Lopez admitted to completing fraudulent applications for food stamp benefits in his name, another for himself in a pseudonym, and in the names of two other people.

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