A Fox Point resident was convicted Friday of illegally trading cash for more than $750,000 in food stamps.
John S. Williams, 33, formerly of Milwaukee, pleaded guilty to a single count of unlawfully purchasing and redeeming Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program benefits, also known as food stamps.
According to the complaint against him in federal court, outlined in a press release from the United States Attorney's Office, Williams operated John Henry Distribution, and was licensed to accept QUEST cards, the system that replaced food stamp coupon booklets. Between August 2010 and January 2013 Williams redeemed about $778,000 in QUEST benefits from people who were not purchasing food, but instead receiving cash for providing access to their QUEST benefits.
He faces up to 20 years imprisonment, a $250,000 fine and three years supervised release.