Milwaukee store owners charged with food stamp fraud

Owners of Quick N EZ Super Market allegedly received $1.2 million in benefits

Three Milwaukee residents are charged with illegally receiving more than $1.2 million in SNAP and WIC benefits while working at Quick N EZ Super Market on the city’s north side.

According to the indictment filed last week in U.S. District Court for Eastern Wisconsin, Kanwar Gill, Raviinder Gill and George Nance would exchange benefits from the federal Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program and Women, Infants and Children programs for cash at a discounted rate. Quick N EZ, located at 3076 N. 27th St., would then be reimbursed for the full value of the benefits, allowing the business to profit on the difference between the benefit and the discounted cash payment.

The indictment says the store was owned and operated by the Gills and Nance.

Kanwar Gill, who is listed in state records as the registered agent of Quick N EZ, is charged with three counts of wire fraud, each carrying a potential penalty of 20 years in prison and a $250,000 fine.

Raviinder Gill is charged with one count of wire fraud and one count of SNAP fraud, the latter carries a penalty of 5 years in prison and $20,000 fine.

Nance is charged with three counts of wire fraud as well.

The indictment says the trio improperly received $1,245,529.72 in payments between 2013 and 2015.

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Arthur covers banking and finance and the economy at BizTimes while also leading special projects as an associate editor. He also spent five years covering manufacturing at BizTimes. He previously was managing editor at The Waukesha Freeman. He is a graduate of Carroll University and did graduate coursework at Marquette. A native of southeastern Wisconsin, he is also a nationally certified gymnastics judge and enjoys golf on the weekends.

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