Seven face indictment of wire fraud charges

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ROCKFORD - Seven Rockford residents recently were charged by a federal grand jury for wire fraud which allegedly involved redeeming Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits for cash.

Feuy Khaikham, 57, Leefrom "John" Xayvandy Sr., 37, Bounleung "Tommy" Thamontri, 54, Vansy "Dee" Xayvandy, 42, Som Xayvandy, 47, Christiana "Tina" Xayvandy, 26, and Aung "A.J." Gyaw, 23, face 17 counts of wire fraud in a superseding indictment which was returned by the grand jury on July 31.

The indictment alleges that between April of 2015 and Jan. 18, 2017, the defendants redeemed SNAP benefits exchanged for discounted amounts of cash, knowing that such exchanges are prohibited. The indictment alleges the defendants fraudulently obtained over $3 million in reimbursement for SNAP benefits from 2015 to 2017. Each count of wire fraud carries a maximum penalty of 20 years in prison and a fine of up to $250,000 or twice the gross gain or gross loss resulting from the offense.

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