Shamsha Mirza Vasaya, 31, of Duluth was convicted of food stamp fraud in November and sentenced to 33 months in prison on June 1, according to David Baldwin with Marietta Police. She was a cashier at the Chevron gas station at 811 South Marietta Parkway.
“She was summoned to court, she was never physically arrested, in October 2011,” Baldwin said. “At that time she was arraigned and given a bond (by the U.S. Marshals Service). I’m not sure of that amount though.”
Vasaya plead guilty to food stamp fraud in November.
In June 2010, Marietta Police received an anonymous tip from a citizen that Vasaya was possibly committing food stamp fraud.
Baldwin said that after an extensive two-year undercover investigation in conjunction with agents of the United States District Attorneys Office of Inspector General.
The investigation revealed that since June of 2009, Vasaya stole over $500,000 from the Food and Nutrition Services division that coordinates food stamp vouchers and EBT cards.
"Food stamp fraud is a crime that has grown sharply in the United States and is difficult to prevent since it involves collusion between food stamp recipients and unscrupulous business owners, Baldwin said. "It requires an extensive investigation to make an arrest and reach a conviction. Nevertheless, we will not tolerate it in Marietta. Difficult as it may be, we will vigorously pursue future cases as we have this one."
Baldwin said his department would like to extend its sincere appreciation to the U.S. District Attorneys Office of Inspector General for the enormous undertaking into this case that led to not only an arrest but also a conviction.