A former Wethersfield resident has admitted to running a multi-million-dollar food stamp fraud scheme. Apolinar Collado, who also went by several other names, ran a grocery store in Hartford.

The 43-year-old served time in connection with another fraud scheme. He was released in 1998 and was subsequently deported to the Domincan Republic.

Proseuctors say he then illegally reentered the U.S in 2003 when he hatched another scam at several different stores with straw owners. Officials say that scheme netted one-point-six-million-dollars.

Collado will be sentenced June 6th. He faces up to 20 years behind bars.


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