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More people charged in food stamp, cigarette cases

More people charged in food stamp, cigarette cases

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Federal officials say ongoing investigations into millions of dollars in food stamp fraud and the sale of $1.2 million in contraband cigarettes have uncovered more wrongdoing, and they've announced several more people have been indicted or are facing additional charges.

The U.S. Attorney's office on Thursday said an additional employee at a Providence convenience store was indicted on Wednesday on charges of conspiracy, food stamp fraud and lying to a federal agent. That brings to 10 the number of store owners and employees accused of trading food stamps for cash.

Prosecutors now say that some of the people charged in the contraband cigarette case were also engaged in food stamp fraud. A grand jury on Wednesday indicted an additional person in that investigation, bringing the total charged to eight.

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