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Grocers Indicted for Coupon Scheme

November 20, 1998

BALTIMORE (AP) _ A federal grand jury indicted the 73-year-old majority owner of the Farm Fresh Supermarkets chain for allegedly redeeming $2.4 million in coupons not brought in by customers, prosecutors announced.

Jack I. Millman of Baltimore allegedly devised a scheme to defraud grocery manufacturers and his wholesale supplier, the indictment charged on Wednesday.

He owned the Farm Fresh markets, a 10-store chain in Maryland that went bankrupt in November 1995.

Millman and three sons-in-law from Owings Mills _ Kenneth Goldscher, William Carter and Steven Cohen _ allegedly paid unnamed people to provide them with large numbers of coupons clipped from newspapers and advertising circulars.

Between January 1992 and September 1995, Millman and the others obtained $2.4 million in payments for the coupons, the indictment said.

Carter, 46, and Cohen, 45, were charged with mail fraud and tax evasion. Goldscher, 47, was charged with interstate transportation of stolen property and tax evasion. Millman was charged with fraud and transporting stolen property.

No trial date has been set.

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