Lubbock Restaurant Owner Accused Of Unlawful Use Of Food Stamp Benefits - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

10/29/08

Lubbock Restaurant Owner Accused Of Unlawful Use Of Food Stamp Benefits

He is accused of misusing your tax dollars to benefit his restaurant. Now a local restaurant owner is indicted on charges of wrongly using food stamp benefits. In the indictment, Buford Wiley is charged with unlawful transfer of food stamp benefits.

Wiley's Old Fashioned Bar-B-Q and Burgers in the 1800 block of Parkway Drive. According to court documents, Wiley gave folks less cash in exchange to use their Lone Star Card. The card works like food stamps, you use it to buy food and other items.

Wiley is accused of paying people for these cards, and using it to buy supplies such as briskets and ground beef for his restaurant from December 2007 through April 2008. Court records show he spent thousands of taxpayer dollars to buy those items.

On Tuesday, a Lubbock Grand Jury indicted Wiley with a third degree felony. The charge carries a sentence of two to ten years in prison. NewsChannel 11 went to Wiley's restaurant to ask him about the charge. He had no comment and asked us to leave.

By law, it is illegal to let another person use your Lone Star Card. Two other people also face a felony charge for unlawful transferring of food stamp benefits. According to court documents, Wiley allegedly paid them to use their cards. The District Attorney's office is also filing misdemeanor charges on several others who allegedly handed over their food stamp benefits to Wiley.

Recommended bond on the incident is $5,000. We are told an arrest warrant is expected in the next few days.

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