GREEN BAY - A Green Bay couple convicted of welfare fraud is headed to jail.
A Brown County judge Thursday afternoon sentenced 56-year-old Gurnek Basanti and 53-year-old Gurdeep Basanti to six months behind bars.
The two will be eligible for work release and will be on probation for two years after release.
The couple owned Beach Road Liquor.
Authorities say the couple let people used county Food Share cards to purchase tobacco and alcohol.
The Basantis apologized during the sentencing.
"I just want to say I'm sorry for my involvement and I'm sorry for my family to be involved in this crime," said Gurnek Basanti, convicted of welfare fraud.
"They're significant violations of trust. The defendant was involved in committing fraud and abusing a system that's really designed to help people who are in need," said Hon. Tammy Jo Hock, Brown County Circuit Court.
The Basanti's daughter was sentenced to one year probation and community service for a misdemeanor fraud charge.
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