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Feds say Boise market traded food stamps for cash, levies big penalty

The owner of a Boise Bench grocery store and lunch counter entered into an agreement with the United State’s Attorney’s Office to pay restitution after an investigation into the store’s illegal use of food stamps.

Aaron Campos, the owner of Campos Market, agreed to pay $600,000 to the federal government for the unauthorized redemption of Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits. 

These benefits, commonly known as food stamps, offer assistance for purchasing food to low-income Americans. They can only be used for approved items and cannot be exchanged for cash.

According to court records, between January 1, 2013 and August 10, 2016, employees of Campos Market would repeatedly permit the sale of non-eligible items for SNAP benefits. Additionally, employees of Campos Market would exchange SNAP benefits for cash. Neither practice is legal.

Investigators with the U.S. Department of Agriculture investigated Campos Market.

BoiseDev.com told you Campos Market planned to expand to a larger location on Fairview Avenue in January. On Wednesday, an employee of the market said the expansion is still happening, but he did not know when.

Margaret Carmel - BoiseDev reporter
Margaret Carmel is a BoiseDev reporter focused on the City of Boise, housing, homelessness and growth. Contact her at margaret@boisedev.com or by phone at (757)705-8066.

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