On Thursday, September 14, 2017, United States Attorney John E. Kuhn announced that a Louisville, Kentucky man had been sentenced to prison for defrauding the federal Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, SNAP. 40-year-old Andrew Saas was sentenced to 36 months in prison. He was previously charged in a single count criminal information.
He subsequently pleaded guilty on April 21, 2017. The defendant has now been sentenced to serve 36 months in prison followed by three years of supervised release. He has also been order to pay $789,657.06 in restitution to the United States Department of Agriculture. SNAP is administered by the USDA and is designed to provide low-income individuals with assistance purchasing food.
Saas defrauded the SNAP program by paying SNAP EBT cardholders in exchange to use their SNAP benefits. This violated SNAP policies and regulations. The SNAP benefits can only be used for eligible food items. Saas provided cardholders with money that was much lower than the amounts left on their EBT cards.
By fraudulently redeeming EBT cards, he caused SNAP and USDA to sustain a loss. Saad was facing five years in prison. Instead, he will serve 36 months in prison with three years of supervised release.