On Wednesday, a major bust was made of a multi-million dollar food stamp fraud ring based in the Ohio counties of Butler and Hamilton.19 search warrants were issued in order to allow federal, state, and local law enforcement agents to investigate homes and businesses at the climax of an 18-month effort by the Southern Ohio Task Force. 12 people were arrested.
U.S. Beef in Fairfield was searched, as well as the home of the company’s owners Scott Traum and Joey Lightcap Traum, according to WCPO. Butcher Shop Food Distributors was also searched; its owner is Joseph Gray.
The fraud ring cheated taxpayers out of an excess of $2 million from the Supplemental Nutritional Assistance Program (SNAP) for low-income residents, 40 percent of the total $5.3 million that SNAP lost in Ohio in 2014. SNAP has lost $173 million across the nation.