KLAMATH FALLS, Ore. -- Authorities have shut down a Klamath Falls meat market they say was the center of food stamp fraud that brought in up to $20,000 a month.
The Herald and News reports three primary suspects, including the two store owners, were arrested Thursday, along with 27 other people.
Warrants were out for 32 more.
At a news conference, sheriff's Detective Eric Shepherd gave a hypothetical example of how the fraud worked: The store would give the cardholder $100, and then swipe the card to get $200 from the government.
Usually, Shepherd said, the payments to cardholders were in cash, but sometimes in methamphetamine or alcohol.
Shepard says the market was investigated on a tip from a suspect in a meth investigation last year that resulted in 47 indictments.