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Lewiston man sentenced for stealing food stamps

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Russ Dillingham | Sun Journal | BDN
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David M. Stain (right) and his lawyer, Richard Charest, appear in Androscoggin County Superior Court in Auburn on Feb. 2, 2012, for Stain's arraignment on welfare theft.

AUBURN, Maine — A Lewiston man is going to jail for 60 days after pleading guilty to stealing food stamps and other public assistance benefits worth $11,000.

Forty-six-year-old David Stain pleaded guilty to two counts of theft Monday in Androscoggin County Superior Court. He was sentenced to one year in jail, with all but 60 days of his sentence suspended.

Prosecutors say Stain admitted stealing $1,600 worth of benefits from the state’s food stamp program by selling his electronic benefits transfer card to his sister for eight months and then using the cash to buy cigarettes.

Stain also admitted that he obtained $9,400 in public assistance from the city of Lewiston by failing to disclose that his wife, who also receives public benefits, was living with him.

 


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