Tennessee meat market owner charged in $1.2M food stamp scam

Posted at 11:39 AM, Jan 31, 2018
and last updated 2018-01-31 11:40:02-05

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — Prosecutors in Tennessee say the owner of a meat market has been charged with running a $1.2 million fraud scheme against a federal food assistance program.

The U.S. attorney's office in Memphis said Tuesday that 59-year-old Guy Randal Stockard has been charged with defrauding the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, also known as the food stamps program.

A Jan. 11 indictment says Stockard owned Southern Meat Market in Memphis. Prosecutors say he bought customers' food assistance program benefits at a discount in exchange for cash. The indictment says Stockard then redeemed those benefits at full face value.

Prosecutors say the value of the fraudulent transactions was at least $1.2 million.

Stockard faces up to 20 years in prison if convicted. Online court records do not show if he has a lawyer.