Eight convenience store owners accused of receiving stolen goods, conspiracy, and money laundering, are also accused of buying food stamp cards, called EBT cards, from low income clients. The question is, could these food stamp recipients find themselves in trouble?
Local, state and federal investigators raided the Greenville convenience stores Thursday and say the owners may have purchased the cards from the recipients for a fraction of the price and then falsified purchases and were reimbursed the full amount of the card.
According to the Pitt County Social Services Director, George Perry, the USDA has an investigative team that could find out if the card holder abused their privilege.
Perry says the recipients who sold their cards can lose their benefits for ten years or forever.
Perry says close to 20,000 people in Pitt County receive food stamps benefits, but they do not how many of them could have sold them to these store owners.