Kingston mini mart fights feds on food stamp suspension

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KINGSTON — Quisqueya Mini Mart on Broadway in Kingston is fighting charges that it sold ineligible non-food items to food stamp customers.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture performed a sting on the store in 2019 and suspended its participation from the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, or SNAP, for six months after an investigator was able to purchase items like aluminum foil with a SNAP card. The corporate owner of the store, 595 Kingston Meat Market Corp., is disputing the charges in U.S. District Court in Albany to get them dismissed.

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