Binghamton Couple Sentenced For Food Stamp Fraud

By James Wilcox

July 22, 2010 Updated Jun 22, 2006 at 11:29 PM EDT

Alfred and Lillian Bryan, both 65, own Lilliana's Market at the corner of Edwards and Thorp streets in Binghamton.

In April, they plead guilty to a felony charge of misusing food stamps.

Broome Security says Lilliana's allowed people to use their food stamp debit cards to get cash, instead of food.

The Bryans paid 50 cents on the dollar, then pocketed the other half.

Broome Security and State Police conducted a 3 month investigation.

In that time alone, they say couple scammed about 33 thousand dollars.

"Through our investigation we have information this activity has been going on for years and years at the store so it just could be a very large amount of transactions they've done," says welfare fraud investigator James Dadamio.

Investigators say they may never know just how much the Byrans actually profited.

While they will not serve any jail time, in Broome County Court they were ordered to pay 33 thousand dollars in restitution.

The store also lost it's lottery license, and can no longer participate in the food stamp program.

Broome Security says Lilliana's could still be banned from selling alcohol and tobacco.

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