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Three local residents sentenced for food stamp fraud

22 charged with $13 million in food stamp fraud
Posted at 6:01 PM, Mar 14, 2014
and last updated 2014-03-14 14:20:30-04

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WTXL) – Three men were been sentenced Friday by United States District Judge Mark Walker for conspiring to defraud the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP).

Rodrigue Bissainthe, 26, received a sentence of three years of supervised release, with one year to be served in home confinement.

Darius Jemmott, 22, was convicted of conspiracy, three charges of fraud involving interstate wire communications, and aggravated identity theft.  He received a sentence of two years in prison, to be followed by a three-year term of supervised release.

Dwayne Phanor, 24, plead guilty to conspiracy, mail fraud, wire fraud, and seven aggravated identity theft charges on December 4, 2013.  He received a sentence of 54 months in prison, to be followed by twelve months of supervised release. According to court records, Phanor filed approximately 72 fraudulent SNAP applications, seeking total benefits of approximately $102,000.