MARYSVILLE,Wash -- A Marysville store owner was kicked off the food stamp program, but police and federal agents said that didn t stop him from scamming the $80 billion taxpayer funded program.
Thursday, Marysville Police arrested the owner of the State Street Food Mart for investigation of food stamp trafficking, ID theft and money laundering. KING 5 isn t naming the man because he has not been formally charged.
Marysville officers said people brought their state-issued food stamps cards to the store and sold them to the owner for $0.50 on the dollar.The owner then took the cards and brought them to Costco and Walmart and bought items to stock the shelves of his mini-mart.
He s making thousands of dollars at the expense of taxpayers, said Marysville Police Commander Robert Lamoureux.
Police say the owner lost his license to redeem food stamps in 2006 after an investigation by the United States Department of Agriculture, which runs the food stamp program.
USDA and Marysville police have been investigating the store for several months, and sent in undercover officers to sell EBT benefits to the store owner.
A similar raid also occurred in Everett Thursday at Peck s Drive Market.That owner is also under investigation for food stamp trafficking.