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Food stamp fraud investigation leads to charges

CINCINNATI, OH (FOX19) - Criminal charges have been filed against five people and administrative charges have been filed against three liquor permit premises following a two-year investigation into food stamp fraud.

Search warrants were executed last week at Sutton Pony Keg on Sutton Avenue, Mt. Airy Food Mart on Colerain Avenue and a private residence in Fairfield.

Citations were issued at Sutton Pony Keg and Mt. Airy Food Mart, as well as Coogans Bluff in Newtownsville. All were cited for illegal use of EBT and trafficking in EBT. These establishments will appear before the Liquor Control Commission at a later date where they could face fines, suspension and/or revocation of their liquor permits.

Individuals charged include:

  • Brandon Shteiwi, 22, of Fairfield for food stamp fraud, providing firearms/ammunition to a known felon, and dealing in firearms without a license
  • Ibrahim Shteiwi, 24, of Fairfield for providing firearms to a known felon and dealing in firearms without a license
  • Nazih Shteiwi, 54, of Fairfield for illegal use of food stamps or Women, Infants and Children (WIC) program benefits and receiving stolen property
  • Nabih Shteiwi, 52, of Fairfield for illegal use of food stamps or Women, Infants and Children (WIC) program benefits and receiving stolen property
  • Ayman Abu-Naffa, 37, of Cincinnati for illegal use of food stamps or Women, Infants and Children (WIC) program benefits and receiving stolen property

The investigation was conducted by the Ohio Investigative Unit and officers with the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

"Our agents take food stamp fraud very seriously," said Thomas J. Stickrath, Ohio Department of Public Safety Director. "Ohio's foot stamp program is vital to our citizens. We need to ensure these funds are being used to assist families and individuals in need."

 

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