BRIDGEPORT - A Bridgeport store owner is free on bond after allegedly purchasing food stamps from customers and using them to stock his store.

The state attorney's office led an undercover investigation that involved multiple officers going to SK Grocery on Fairfield Avenue several times starting in January.

Prosecutors say owner Aslam Khawaja bought people's food stamps and then used them to buy items to stock his store.

Khawaja says he did not know that what he was doing was wrong or breaking any laws.

Khawaja says he paid about 60 cents on the dollar and that it is common in the neighborhood.

Khawaja is due to be arraigned Tuesday on felony charges.