STATE OF MICHIGAN
DEPARTMENT OF ATTORNEY GENERAL
P.O. BOX 30212
LANSING, MICHIGAN 48909
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
September 19, 2008
Media Contact: John Sellek or Matt Frendewey
Cox Announces Results of
Food Stamp Trafficking Raid
More than a Half Million Dollars of Fraud Alleged
More than $100,000 Recovered in Raid
LANSING – Attorney General Mike Cox today announced the results of a successful
raid against nine stores for food stamp trafficking which defrauded taxpayers of more a than
half-million dollars. The multi-agency raid resulted in 22 arrests and recovered more than
$100,000, one individual is still outstanding.
"Food stamps, bridge cards, and EBT are a helping hand to Michigan citizens who are
struggling and I will not tolerate business owners who try to take advantage and defraud
Michigan taxpayers," said Cox.
The Michigan State Police and Special Agents from United State Department of
Agriculture Office of Inspector General, in conjunction with the Michigan Department of Human
Services Office of Inspector General, have been involved in the investigation of food stamp
trafficking. A year long investigation revealed that the nine stores raided were involved in food
stamp trafficking wherein they were exchanging food stamp benefits for cash.
Each year more than $54 million worth of fraud is alleged in connection to food stamp
trafficking in the State of Michigan. Michigan State Police and Special Agents from USDA-OIG
conducted arrests and, seized properties and bank accounts related to the stores.
Acting Special Agent in-Charge Joe N. Smith said; "The USDA Office of Inspector
General, Office of Investigations, is committed to aggressively investigating the criminal
activities of store owners and employees who deprive needy citizens of the Detroit metropolitan
area access to nutritious meals. We appreciate the assistance from our partners in the Federal
and state law enforcement community."