The Cherokee County Sheriff’s office has made two arrests, following a six month long EBT card fraud investigation, according to a press release.
The release states, Investigators arrested Mickey Dean Allison Jr. of Gaffney in their investigation after executing a search warrant of his home and business on Nov. 26.
Investigators said, undercover operatives found Allison was making bogus EBT card transactions with customers in exchange for cash, at Allison’s produce on Cherokee Avenue and at his residence next door. We’re told all the undercover transactions were caught on camera.
The release states, Allison was conducting the bogus transactions at the produce store until it closed in October. He then made the exchanges from his front porch with no products available for sale. People paid cash to Allison in exchange for him swiping their cards in bogus transactions.
We’re told Allison was profiting from the exchanges.
In this case, participants in EBT/SNAP could be expelled from the program if they participated in the fraud.
This sounds similar to what was happening in Baltimore recently. In that case, store owners and food stamp recipients were splitting the profits of fraudulent transactions.