Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program

Waterbury Grocer Pleads Guilty To Food Stamp Fraud

A third employee of a city grocery store has pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit food stamp fraud and unlawful use of food stamps.

Tahir Shahzad, 33, of Harrison, N.Y., entered his plea in federal court in Hartford on Monday, according to the U.S. attorney's office. He is the nephew of the owner of WB Trade Fair Grocery on Willow Street and at times acted as the store manager, the office said.

Of the two other workers who have been convicted, Raul Carlos Monarca-Gonzalez was sentenced to 30 months in prison and Tallat Mahmood is scheduled to be sentenced July 12.

They and others illegally allowed customers to redeem food stamps for cash and other ineligible...