GREEN BAY, Wisc. (WFRV) The largest welfare fraud case in Wisconsin will finally make its way into court today.
Gurnek Basanti, the owner of Beach Road Liquor, is scheduled to make his initial appearance on 2 felony counts and 18 misdemeanor counts. The charges are all for his alleged role in the illegal use of Quest Cards or Food Share Benefits at his establishment.
His wife, Gurdeep Basanti, is also scheduled to appear in court today. She faces 3 felony counts and 17 misdemeanor counts as a party to the crime.
Brown County District Attorney David Lasee says the Basanti's aren't the only ones facing charges. Food Share recipients who were cashing in their Quest Cards for cigarettes, alcohol, and cash will also be held accountable.
"At this point we're still making a determination about how these people are going to be handled. Obviously, we have varying degrees of information on each of them. Every person's case will be looked at individually, according to the evidence that is available in those cases and also according to their role and their ability to cooperate."
"We hope this serves as an example to those who may have used the program, not only those that were selling products under the Quests, but those who have the cards. We are hoping that they understand this is going to be taken seriously if you do abuse this program."
Local 5's Wendy Fleury obtained a copy of the criminal complaints against the couple. She brings us more.