Dozens accused in Klamath food stamp fraud

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by Associated Press

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Posted on May 9, 2014 at 12:14 PM

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.

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