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Four arrested in Akron food stamp fraud case
Invesitgation reveals a Dairy Mart allegedy stole $2.2 million in benefits over three years
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Four Northeast Ohio store owners and managers are accused of bilking the state of $2.2 million in food stamps.

Julie Hinds is a spokeswoman with the Ohio Department of Public Safety. She says the two men and two women worked at an Akron Dairy Mart.

Over the last three years, they are accused of defrauding the food stamp program and one for women with young children.

She says Ohio’s restricts what beneficiaries of food stamps can buy with the special debit cards. 

Hinds explains how scams like this can work

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Hinds wouldn’t reveal how the four were caught because it might tip off other people running the same scam.

But she says anonymous tips often alert authorities. The tips come from other retailers, community members and even grandparents who notice that their grandkids are missing meals despite having food stamps.

The four face three-counts each of racketeering and receiving stolen property.

Listener Comments:

very shady....they should all get prison time.


Posted by: moomoo (cleveland) on November 2, 2011 11:11AM
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