Tuesday, June 19, 2018
Public safety

Dade City convenience store clerks charged with food stamp fraud

DADE CITY — A convenience store owner and his clerk were arrested Thursday after deputies say the two had been selling beer and cigarettes and providing cash for food stamps.

At least 12 times between May and June, undercover agents from the Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulation Division of Alcoholic Beverages and Tobacco were able to buy cigars, fried chicken, Icehouse beer and cartons of Newport cigarettes from Georges Raffoul, 58, and Khalaf Abdallah Mansour, 40.

The purchases were made at PK Food Store, 38141 Trilby Road; SAA Beauty Supply, 37330 Lock St.; and 1st Stop Food Store, 1411 U.S. 98 Bypass, reports state.

Some of the purchases racked up to more than $100.

Raffoul, of 18437 Eastwyck Drive in Tampa, was charged with scheming to defraud and welfare fraud. He posted $55,000 bail early Friday morning.

Mansour, of 4714 Whispering Wind Ave. in Tampa, was arrested on charges of welfare fraud and possession of a marijuana derivative after deputies found synthetic marijuana packages behind the store counter, reports state. He was released on $15,000 bail.

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