Robert Lee Snowden, 45, of Owings Mills, was sentenced on Wednesday to 78 months in federal prison, followed by three years of supervised release, for conspiracy to commit wire fraud and aggravated identity theft. Snowden also was ordered to pay restitution of more than $1 million.
Before he was laid off from a health care business in 2011, Snowden stole lists of health care professionals’ personal information. Two years later, he used that information to apply for SNAP benefits, then used the addresses of acquaintances or nearby vacant homes to mail SNAP cards, which Snowden, or someone else, would pick up from those addresses.
Snowden said he sold most of the SNAP benefit cards for cash. He and his co-conspirator, Larae Betrand, also used the SNAP cards to purchase groceries for themselves. Over 220 victims’ identities were used to apply for SNAP benefits, and they were able to redeem at least $1,021,584 through the scheme.
Betrand, 39, of Elkridge, Maryland, is awaiting sentencing after pleading guilty to conspiracy to commit wire fraud and aggravated identity theft.
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