By Will Sanders
July 1, 2014
By Will E Sanders
TROY — A Troy convenience store owner who allowed customers to use food stamp benefits in exchange for other items faces jail time and possible deportation after he entered guilty pleas to felony crimes in common pleas court Monday.
Samir I. Nino, 56, of Dayton, remains out of jail on a recognizance bond, but faces up to a year in prison for each of his two convictions at his upcoming sentencing hearing, which is scheduled for Aug. 11.
Nino entered guilty pleas to telecommunications fraud and illegal use of supplemental nutrition or WIC program benefits, both fifth-degree felonies, after he waived his right to a trial last month.
Nino owns the 55 Express convenience store, 503 E. Staunton Road, Troy, which authorities from the Troy Police Department and the Ohio Investigative Unit executed a search warrant at in February.
That investigation dealt with allegations that Nino was allowing customers to use food stamp benefits in exchange for cash and items the benefits were not meant to cover, according to Harold Torrens of the OIU.
Food stamp fraud is when a business allows customers to ring up fake sale orders for cash from their food card account, including using the funds to purchase non-eligible items, such as alcohol, cigarettes and similar items.
Nino committed the offenses between June 1, 2013, through February of this year.
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