USDA Funds Theft Nets Prison Sentence

Arkansas US Attorney

Cody Hiland, United States Attorney for the Eastern District of Arkansas, announced Thursday that United States District Court Judge James M. Moody Jr., sentenced Anthony Waits, 38, of England, to prison for his role in a multi-million dollar scheme to steal money intended for feeding children in low income areas.

Judge Moody sentenced Waits on Wednesday following a hearing that went into the evening to 175 months’ imprisonment followed by three years of supervised release. He was also ordered to pay $3,316,280.85 in restitution. A jury convicted Waits of conspiracy to commit wire fraud following an eight-day trial in April.

The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) feeding programs in Arkansas are administered through the Arkansas Department of Human Services (DHS). Sponsors who want to participate in the feeding programs must submit an application to DHS for approval. After they are approved, they can provide meals as part of the feeding programs, and they are reimbursed for the eligible meals they serve.    MORE

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