Memphis man gets 27 months in food stamp, child care fraud

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) – A Memphis man has been sentenced to 27 months in prison for defrauding federal food stamp and child care programs.

According to the U.S. attorney’s office in Memphis, Ray Chism III purchased food stamp benefit cards from people at less than their face value. He then redeemed the cards through a grocery store owned by his brother.

Chism also purchased federally funded child care certificates from parents. He then falsely reported the children were attending his day care center and received reimbursement for their care. And he faked employment verification for some parents so they would qualify for the certificate program.

Chism was sentenced Tuesday and ordered to pay $200,000 restitution.

His brother, Remark Chism, was sentenced last month to 37 months in a separate $2.8 million benefit fraud scheme.