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Bond Hill business owners facing food stamp fraud

Gurjant Singh, 23, is one of three Bond Hill business owners facing food stamp fraud charges (Source: HCSO). Gurjant Singh, 23, is one of three Bond Hill business owners facing food stamp fraud charges (Source: HCSO).

Three people have been charged with food stamp fraud following a year-long investigation by the Ohio Department of Public Safety's Investigative Unit (OIU).

Agents say the owners of the Bond Hill Market on California Avenue and the Bond Hill Valero on Paddock Avenue were allegedly participating in illegal food stamp activity.

OIU agents along with the Cincinnati Police Department conducted two search warrants on August 22.

Gurjant Singh, 23, of Mason, was indicted by the Hamilton County Common Pleas Court on Tuesday and faces three counts of illegal use of supplemental nutrition assistance program benefits as well as telecommunications fraud.

In addition, Leena Gupta, 38, was indicted on five counts of telecommunications fraud and Anil K. Gupta, 40, was indicted on six counts of telecommunications fraud. Both are from Cincinnati, according to OIU agents.

"Food stamp fraud is often a catalyst for illegal activity," said OIU Cincinnati Agent-in-Charge Harold Torrens. "Often, individuals and retailers who allow food stamp fraud to take place are contributing to activities that put their communities and their patrons at risk."

Agents also filed charges against the Bond Hill establishments for illegal use of electronic benefits card (EBT), drug paraphernalia, drug sales and receiving stolen property.

OIU agents will present these administrative charges to the Ohio Liquor Control Commission and could face fines, suspensions or loss of their liquor permits.

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