Feds bust food stamp fraud ring in Seattle

By ALEX SILVERMAN
KIRO Radio

Federal agents arrested a grocery store owner and two other women in Seattle's International District on Tuesday for fraud.

So-called runners would find people with food stamp debit cards and pay them fifty cents on the dollar in cash for their benefits, Emilie Langlie with the U.S. attorney's office, told KIRO Radio.

"Let's say that they swipe that you purchased $200 worth of goods, they give you $100 and they keep $100 and yet they've not provided any goods at all," said Langlie.

She said federal agents and Seattle police found nearly $2 million in fraud at the Seattle Chinese Herb and Grocery and Hop Thanh Supermarket, both located at 12th and Jackson.

"These benefits are for people who need to put food on the table. This type of fraud is not going to be tolerated," said Langlie.

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