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Sentencing delayed in food stamp fraud case

Dec. 12, 2012 @ 12:00 AM

HUNTINGTON -- The federal judge presiding over the ALLINONE Store food stamp fraud case approved a motion by defendant Abderahmane Eloirzazi's to have his sentencing postponed.

The Moroccan native was hospitalized at Charleston Area Medical Center last week and had heart catheterization surgery.

Eloirzazi was the former owner of the ALLINONE Store at the corner of 20th Street and 9th Avenue. He pleaded guilty in September to federal charges of food stamp fraud after investigators found he and two employees were exchanging cash for food stamps, totaling $120,000.

In his plea agreement, he promised to pay back $127,000 in restitution and gave up ownership of the property to the city of Huntington. The store was demolished last week.

Eloirzazi's attorney, Troy Giatras, is required to provide the court with an update on his client's health Wednesday.