Lafayette man pleads guilty in $1M theft of benefits

Lafayette, La (AP) - A man who operated a mobile food service business in the Lake Charles area has pleaded guilty to fraud charges stemming from the theft of $1 million in food stamp benefits.
Vincent Edward DaPrince faces a maximum sentence of 25 years in prison following his guilty pleas Thursday to one count of food stamp fraud and one count of wire fraud.
A date for his sentencing wasn't immediately set.
DaPrince was authorized to participate as a retailer in the Department of Agriculture's food stamp program.
Federal prosecutors said DaPrince frequently swiped program recipients' "electronic benefit transfer" cards and provided them with a discounted portion of the cash proceeds, but he deposited the full amount into his own bank account.

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