Five people indicted in food stamp fraud case

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OIU News Release

Five people indicted in food stamp fraud case

Date: December 17, 2017
Contact: Agent-in-Charge Greg Croft

(216) 898-1870

(CLEVELAND) – On November 30, a Cuyahoga County Grand Jury indicted five individuals for their role in a food stamp fraud case by the Ohio Investigative Unit.

Van Evans, 33, of Cleveland was indicted on conspiracy, a second-degree felony, illegal use of food stamps, a third degree felony, and grand theft and two counts of telecommunications fraud, both fourth-degree felonies.

Lorettea Abrams, 56, and Floyd Davis, 60, both of Cleveland, were each indicted on six counts of telecommunications fraud, a fifth-degree felony, as well as one count of theft, a first-degree misdemeanor.

Teria Evans, 34, and Jeremiah Wilson, 20, were each indicted on theft and telecommunications fraud, both fifth-degree felonies.

A search warrant was conducted in July as the result of a year-long investigation. At the time of the search warrant, agents also administratively charged the liquor permit at R T Dversified, Inc, also known as  Family Corner Store, 10202 Sophia Avenue, in Cleveland, with illegal use of electronic benefit transfer (EBT), trafficking in EBT and theft. 

If convicted, the individuals involved could face jail time and fines. Administrative charges will be presented to the Ohio Liquor Control Commission at a later date. Possible administrative penalties include fines, suspensions or revocation of the liquor permit. 

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