The crimes are alleged to have occurred from May 2011 to March 2014 at the KC Gas Mart, 2859 State Avenue, Kansas City, Kan. Chaudhry and his wife, Saima Sajjad, operated and managed the store.
The indictment alleges the defendants took part in fraudulent transactions in which employees of the store gave food stamp recipients cash instead of authorized food items at a rate of about 50 cents on the dollar.
Upon conviction, the crimes carry the following penalties:
- Conspiracy: A maximum penalty of five years and a fine up to $250,000.
- Food stamp fraud: A maximum penalty of five years and a fine up to $250,000.
- Wire fraud: A maximum penalty of 20 years and a fine up to $250,000.
- Aggravated identity theft: A mandatory two years consecutive to other imprisonment and a fine up to $250,000.