Green Bay, Wis. (WFRV) - The owners of a local liquor store charged with welfare fraud appeared in brown county court Tuesday morning.
Gurnek and Gurdeep Basanti, owners of Beach Road Liquor in Green Bay, each $5,000 signature bonds.
The 56-year-old owner and his 52-year-old wife are accused of selling alcohol, cigarettes, even cash for more than double the price to food share recipients and then pocketing the extra money for themselves.
A criminal complaint shows Gurnek Basanti admitted to illegal activity and turned the table on his wife, telling police that she used the food stamp cards behind his back.
Investigators say they are still working on other welfare card holders who may have committed fraud.
"I don't think we have evidence on over 300 users, we know that there were that many transactions made, but we can't tell if they were fraudulent, nor can we tell who made each transaction"
If found guilty on all counts, the Basanti's each face about a $150,000 fine and could spend over 22 years in jail.
Their 25-year-old daughter has also been charged in this case , she faces a $20,000 fine and up to 18 months in jail.