Mart suspected of food-stamp fraud

RICHARD NELSON
editor@dibollfreepress.com

A six-month-long fraud investigation came to a head Tuesday morning as the Diboll Police Department led a search of Diboll Food Mart on Tuesday morning, confiscating a dozen 8-liner machines, cash and an illegal substance.
The main point of the investigation was food-stamp fraud, according to DPD Chief Ricky Conner.
The search was conducted about 9:30 a.m. Tuesday at the store located at 500 N. Temple Drive.
“We believe they were buying food stamp cards and reusing them,” Conner said.
DPD was joined in the search, executed with warrants Tuesday, by officers from Texas Department of Public Safety Intel Division, Texas Alcoholic Beverage Control, U.S. Department of Agriculture and the U.S. Attorney’s office.
“We expect arrest warrants to be issued in the next few weeks,” Conner said. “We already had a strong case, but now we have an even stronger case.”