by Mike Fletcher
A Kokomo businessman charged with unauthorized control of food stamps pleaded guilty this week in Howard Circuit Court to four counts of theft and was sentenced to serve a year of in-home detention and a year of probation.
Prosecutor Mark McCann accused James R. Archer, 54, the owner of J.R. Convenience Store, 1716 S. Delphos St., of submitting false reports of food stamp sales totaling $1,360, according to court records.
Archer was sentenced to two years each on four counts of theft with one year of in-home detention and one year of supervised probation. The sentences were ordered to run concurrently.
As part of a plea bargain, Archer was ordered to pay $1,360 restitution to the USDA Food Stamp Program.
Archer faced a Class C felony corrupt business influence on top of the four Class D felony theft charges as part of the case. That charge was dismissed as part of the plea.
Kokomo police along with federal agents began the investigation Nov. 10, 2011 after receiving information that Archer was fraudulently using food stamp cards at his convenience store.
According to the charges, a confidential informant went to the store four times in December last year and racked up $1,360 in false sales.