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2 businesses, 9 people indicted in food stamp fraud investigation

Food Stamp Fraud (Source: MGN) Food Stamp Fraud (Source: MGN)
CUYAHOGA COUNTY, OH (WOIO) -

Two Cuyahoga County businesses and nine people were indicted earlier this week by a Cuyahoga County grand jury for their role in a food stamp fraud operation. The indictments are a result of an investigation by agents with the Ohio Department of Public Safety's Ohio Investigative Unit and detectives with the Parma Police Department.

Last fall, agents and detectives began investigating Sam & Son's Inc., also known as Sam's Beverage, located at 5239 State Road in Parma, after receiving complaints of food stamp trafficking. During the investigation, agents also began investigating R&M Cairo, LLC., also known as Rite Shop, located at 14053 Lorain Avenue in Cleveland. Search warrants were conducted at both locations in December 2013 and again at Sam's Beverage in June 2014.

Sam & Son's Inc., was indicted on:

-15 counts of illegal use of food stamps

-2 counts of possession of criminal tools

-1 count each of money laundering and theft

R&M Cairo, LLC., was indicted on:

-8 counts of illegal use of food stamps

-1 count each of money laundering, theft, and operating a gambling house

-5 counts of gambling

Rizkalla Fanous, 31, of Cleveland, was indicted on:

-14 counts of illegal use of food stamps

-1 count each of money laundering and theft

Michael Fanous, 32, of Cleveland, was indicted on:

-1 count each of money laundering, theft and operating a gambling house

-5 counts of gambling

The grand jury also indicted Mena Fanuous, 29, of Cleveland, on:

-2 counts of illegal use of food stamps

-1 count of money laundering

-5 counts of gambling

-1 count each of theft and operating a gambling house

Parma residents Marie Breedlove, 23; Dina Sisi, 39; Jamie Rubly, 21; and Cleveland residents Latrice Parish, 27; Pandora Otis, Jr., 26; and Tanna Hurd, 29, were all indicted on 1 count of illegal use of food stamps and 1 count of misdemeanor petty theft.

The liquor permits for both locations were also administratively cited. As with all cases, the administrative charges will be presented to the Ohio Liquor Control Commission once all criminal proceedings are completed. The commission has the authority to issue penalties such as fines, suspensions or revocation of the liquor permit.

If you have information about a retailer engaging in illegal food stamp activity, you can notify the Ohio Investigative Unit by calling #677 on your cell phone and your complaint will be investigated.

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