Police arrested an Everett business owner this morning on suspicion of falsely using Electronic Benefit Transfer (EBT) cards following an investigation into food-stamp fraud.
Officers served a search warrant at the grocery and arrested the owner, a 34-year-old man, at his Everett home. The owner allegedly recruited Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) recipients to purchase merchandise from local businesses, then paid them for the goods, which he resold, according to the Everett Police Department.
Detectives are also investigating claims that he purchased and resold stolen goods from area businesses. The value of goods acquired and resold could total several hundred thousand dollars, police said. The owner is also suspected of illegally selling “spice,” a controlled substance.
The owner was booked into the Snohomish County Jail on suspicion of food-stamp trafficking, trafficking in stolen property and delivery of a controlled substance. Another man, 37, was also arrested during the investigation and will be booked into jail on suspicion of trafficking in stolen property, police said.
Four people were arrested last week following an investigation into what police say were trafficking rings involving EBT cards at a Chinatown International District market and several Seattle restaurants.