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Syracuse restaurateur and alleged accomplice charged in alleged food stamps fraud scheme

A Syracuse restaurant owner and another man are facing felony charges for an alleged food-stamps fraud scheme.
Syracuse (WSYR-TV) – A Syracuse restaurant owner and another man are facing felony charges for an alleged food-stamps fraud scheme.

The Onondaga County District Attorney’s office charged 53-year-old Carribean Cuisine and Mr. Pizza owner Magnus Dallas, along with 50-year-old Andre Jenkins with grand larceny in the third degree, as well as misdemeanor conspiracy and felony welfare fraud.

According to the DA’s office, the two men conspired to allow homeless people to use food stamps to buy specific food items.

They said Dallas would then pay the person half of the transaction amount in cash in an effort to disguise the fraud.

Investigators believe the two men perpetrated approximately $30,000 worth of fraud.

Dallas was released as part of a pretrial release program. Jenkins was jailed without bail.

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