A grocery store worker has been sentenced to 30 months in prison for carrying out food stamp fraud.

Raul Carlos Monarca-Gonzalez, 40, must also serve three years of supervised release, a judge ordered Friday in federal court in Hartford, according to the U.S. attorney’s office.

Monarca-Gonzalez worked at WB Trade Fair Grocery on willow Street where he and others illegally allowed other customers to redeem food stamps for cash and other ineligible items from November 2014 to June 2016. He was ordered to pay restitution in the amount of about $1.5 million, the attorney’s office said.

Monarca-Gonzalez, a citizen of Mexico, pleaded guilty in November to one count of unlawful use of food stamp benefits and one count of conspiracy to commit food stamp fraud.

He faces immigration proceedings at the end of his prison term.


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