Five people have been arrested after an investigation of what authorities said was a food stamp fraud scheme at a Beaverton grocery and gasoline station.
The benefits can be used only to buy food, but the Beaverton police said Wednesday the business allowed recipients to get cash while the business took a cut.
An example, the police said in a statement: If a recipient wanted $100 in cash, the store would charge $125 to the benefits card, keep $25 and give the recipient the $100.
Beaverton detectives and agents of the U.S. Department of Agriculture said they arrested five people Tuesday: the co-owner of Beaverton Halal Meat and Mediterranean Groceries, his daughter and three employees. All were jailed, and it couldn't be determined immediately whether any had lawyers.