Acting U.S. Attorney Soo C. Song announced Tuesday the owner of International Market in Erie, Pennsylvania pleaded guilty to theft of government property.
Thirty-seven-year-old Jasmin Omanovic admitted to exchanging food stamps for cash from October 2011 to February 2015. Omanovic paid fifty percent of face value for the food stamps. He also allowed food stamp recipients purchase ineligible items and pay off store debt utilizing their EBT cards, according to court documents.
Omanovic would take the customer’s EBT card to Wal-Mart and purchase items to restock his shelves. His sentencing hearing is scheduled for February 26, 2018 at 3 p.m. He faces a maximum 10-year prison sentence and a $250,000 fine.