Albany store raided for food stamp fraud - WALB.com, Albany News, Weather, Sports

Albany store raided for food stamp fraud

Posted: Updated:
  • More WALB News10 HeadlinesMore News HeadlinesMore>>

  • Man taken to hospital after Slappey wreck

    Man taken to hospital after Slappey wreck

    Friday, August 22 2014 5:28 PM EDT2014-08-22 21:28:16 GMT
    APD says Donald Phelps Jr., 32, was traveling south on Slappey Boulevard in a 2008 Kia Rondo, when he veered over into the northbound lane of traffic. More >>
    APD says Donald Phelps Jr., 32, was traveling south on Slappey Boulevard in a 2008 Kia Rondo, when he veered over into the northbound lane of traffic. More >>
  • More than $1,500 in guns, jewelry stolen from Valdosta home

    Friday, August 22 2014 5:25 PM EDT2014-08-22 21:25:47 GMT
    71 year-old Jessie Garnto said she left her home at 203 Simpson Street around 10:30 a.m. Thursday to run some errands, and when she came back around 1:30 she discovered someone had broken into her home through her back door.More >>
    71 year-old Jessie Garnto said she left her home at 203 Simpson Street around 10:30 a.m. Thursday to run some errands, and when she came back around 1:30 she discovered someone had broken into her home through her back door.More >>
  • Police seeking stolen motorcycle

    Police seeking stolen motorcycle

    Friday, August 22 2014 5:24 PM EDT2014-08-22 21:24:36 GMT
    This the missing 2004 Suzuki G-S-X-1300-R.It was taken off John Jackson's trailer on Moultrie Road and Spring Flats Road around noon on August 2nd.More >>
    This the missing 2004 Suzuki G-S-X-1300-R.It was taken off John Jackson's trailer on Moultrie Road and Spring Flats Road around noon on August 2nd.More >>

By Jim Wallace - bio | email

ALBANY, GA (WALB) –A food stamp fraud raid Tuesday afternoon.  The Dougherty District Attorney's office raided a central Albany store and arrested its operator.

They say he defrauded the state's food stamp program out of hundreds of thousands of dollars.

Investigators raided the Downtown Eatery and More at 701 North Jefferson about 2:45 Tuesday afternoon.

They seized the store's Electronics Benefit Transfer machine and records as well as store computers and receipts.

E-B-T cards are supposed to be used only to buy food.

The D-A says 31-year old Mayurkumar Patel was paying cash for about half of the value of the benefits on the card, and keeping the other half for himself.

Dougherty District Attorney Greg Edwards said  "It's costing taxpayers thousands of dollars. And in this instance we estimate tens of thousands if not a couple of hundred thousand dollars have gone through this location."

Patel is charged with financial transaction card fraud and computer theft.  His father owns the story.

The D-A will allow the store to re-open after the investigation is completed, but the store will not be able to accept food stamp benefit cards.

©2010 WALB News. All rights reserved.   Feedback