B.C. Security Announces Resolution to Major Fraud Case

     BINGHAMTON, NY - Broome County Security announced details today of a major food stamp fraud case that ended in the prosecution and conviction of a Broome County couple who owned and operated a small market in Binghamton.

Broome County Judge Martin Smith ordered Alfred and Lillian Bryan, of 13 Willow Way, Conklin, to pay restitution of more than $33-thousand. The couple owns Lilliana’s Italian-American Market at 33 Edwards St., Binghamton. They pleaded guilty to misuse of food stamps.

They are accused of accepting food stamps but not providing the customer any food. Instead they would pay the customer 50 cents on the dollar and thereby make a 50 cent profit on every electronic transaction. They are also accused of selling cigarettes, alcohol and lottery tickets in return for food stamps, which is illegal.

“In a joint investigation with the New York State Police and Binghamton Police, we were able to conduct undercover operations and build the case against the Bryan’s,” said James Dadamio, head of Broome County Security’s Case Integrity Unit. “In about a three month period we were able to prove this couple illegally profited by more than $30-thousand dollars.”

It cannot be determined how much the Bryan’s profited before the three month undercover operation. Investigators are continuing their investigation.

“I want to congratulate Broome Security for the fine work it has done in bringing this investigation to this conclusion,” said Broome County Executive Barbara J. Fiala. “We must remain vigilant on this type of food stamp fraud and all Medicaid fraud.”

As a result of their conviction, the Bryan’s lose the opportunity to accept food stamps and they also may lose the right to sell liquor and lottery tickets at their store.

If anyone in the community suspects food stamp or other welfare fraud, they are encouraged to contact Broome Security’s Case Integrity Unit at 607.778.2519. All tips will be kept confidential.