Several people were arrested in Aiken County after deputies discovered food stamp fraud and a large illegal drug distribution operation at a convenience store.
Investigators concluded a six month investigation into an EBT fraud case Wednesday when they arrested 65-year-old Dianne Eubanks, the owner of Smoak’s Country Store in Warrenville.
Eubanks has been charged with six counts of food stamp fraud, according to spokesman Eric Abdullah.
Investigators discovered a cache of illegal pills and a large quantity of money associated with the distribution of narcotics, Abdullah said. Several EBT cards that did not belong to Eubanks were also discovered.
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Jeffery Earl Ashley has been charged with simple possession of marijuana and unlawful carrying of a handgun, Abdullah said.
Yvonne Key has also been charged with one count of food stamp fraud at Valley Jacks, which is also located in Warrenville, as part of the investigation.
The State Law Enforcement Division (SLED), the SC Department of Social Services and the Camden Police Department also assisted with the investigation, Abdullah said.
“This case is the result of numerous complaints from citizens,” Sheriff Michael Hunt said. “As you see, we have uncovered a constant problem to where someone is abusing the food stamp program for personal gain and wasting tax payer money.”