PD: Phoenix woman accused of food stamp fraud

Posted at 5:01 PM, Sep 21, 2016
and last updated 2016-09-22 01:35:48-04

A Phoenix woman is facing charges in connection to a food stamp fraud investigation.

On Tuesday, law enforcement agencies served search warrants at two locations, including a home and Dulceria Mayra’s Y Mas.

Mayra Ramirez, the owner of Dulceria Mayra’s Y Mas, is accused of allowing customers to exchange food stamps for cash at the store, officials said.

According to a media release, Mayra also allegedly allowed customers to purchase items with their food stamp cards that aren’t covered under the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program. This led to a loss of more than $600,000 to SNAP.

Ramirez is charged with fraud schemes, unlawful use of food stamps, money laundering, theft, computer tampering, illegal control of an enterprise, solicitation of a crime, conspiracy and facilitation.