Store owner and employee accused of stealing $490K in food stamp benefits

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Guam – A store owner and manager are being accused of swindling the federal government out of $490,000 in Food stamp benefits.

Singeo Singenes and Innocencia Esirom are accussed of wire fraud and unauthorized use of food stamp benefits from March 2011 to September 2013 by allowing SNAP recipients to pay off their S&I Mart store credit accounts with SNAP funding.

Court documents state that the defendants would charge SNAP recipients who purchased merchandise on credit with higher prices for those merchandose and charge them a late fee if they failed to pay their credit balances at the beginning of the following month. They are also accused of keeping card holder information to scam the government out of more money. The complaint states they used old receipts, EBT cards and PINS to process fraudulent EBT transactions. To conceal their scheme, court documents state that multiple EBT Transactions would be made within minutes from the actual card holder’s transaction.

SOURCEJolene Toves
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Jolene Toves
Jolene joined the PNC team in 2017, as a producer, co-anchor and investigative reporter covering law enforcement, courts and crimes. Notable coverage includes the Ehlert case, the Mark Torre Jr. trial, the Allan Agababa trial, exclusive pieces on the Life of a Drug Dealer/Addict, and Life behind bars...the story of Honofre Chargualaf and Kevin Cruz. In 2019, she was promoted to Assistant News Director and Lead Anchor. From 2015 to 2017 she served as Public Relations and Promotions Manager, for the Hotel Nikko Guam handling local radio and advertorial promotions, as well as produced and directed tv commercials for the hotel. Prior to this she worked with KUAM for three years as a reporter and segment host. She began her journalism career in 2012, working with Glimpses of Guam contributing to the Guam Business Magazine, R&R magazine, MDM magazine and the Marianas Business Journal.