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Grocer given chance to avoid felony conviction

Aaron Krause • Oct 8, 2012 at 9:56 AM

A former grocery store owner accused of food-stamp fraud will avoid a conviction if she can stay out of trouble for the next two years.

Barbara S. Keysor, 58, of 3056 Plymouth East Road, Greenwich, opted to participate in the diversion program in connection with a charge of illegal use of food stamps.

She appeared Friday in Huron County Common Pleas Court.

Under the diversion program, a person's charges are put on hold for two years. They are dismissed if the defendant abides by given conditions, such as community service.

"She was improperly administering the WIC program in the store," Leffler said.

WIC (which stands for "Women Infants Children") provides federal grants to states for supplemental foods, health care referrals, and nutrition education for low-income pregnant, breast-feeding, and non-breast-feeding postpartum women and to infants and children up to age 5 who are found to be at nutritional risk.

At the time of the alleged criminal activity, Barbara and Lanny Keysor were the operators of Greenwich Grocery, which is located at 30 Main St., Greenwich.

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