WICHITA, Kan. (AP) A man who scoured homeless shelters for people willing to sell their food stamps to Wichita grocery stores for cash has been spared from federal prison after cooperating with prosecutors.
Wally Mikhael Gaggo was sentenced Monday to time served plus three years of probation, and was ordered to pay $580,000 along with other defendants in a conspiracy. He served a few days behind bars after his arrest.
Gaggo has admitted scheming with the owners of two small grocery stores who gave food stamp recipients about 50 to 60 cents on the dollar for the stamps and pocketed the difference. He pleaded guilty to two counts of conspiracy to defraud the U.S. Department of Agriculture.
Of 13 people charged in the case, one has been acquitted and the others pleaded guilty.