SALEM (AP) -- A man who owns convenience stores in Lynn and Salem faces two years behind bars for allowing some customers to misuse their electronic food stamp cards.

Peter Jhonny Limat was found guilty this week of allowing some customers to charge $100 on their electronic benefits cards, purportedly for food, then giving the customer $50 in cash and keeping $50 for himself.

Prosecutors say the 38-year-old Limat conducted some $800,000 in food stamp transactions over a one-year period, and more than half of them were alleged to be fraudulent.

The Salem News (http://bit.ly/1c8wxGv ) reports that Limat and his lawyer blamed the customers.

But the judge said as a "facilitator" of the fraudulent transactions, Limat should be punished.

Limat is scheduled to be sentenced on Jan. 13.

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Information from: The Salem (Mass.) News, http://www.salemnews.com