BEAVERTON, Ore. -- Five people were arrested after an investigation of what authorities said was a food stamp fraud scheme at a Beaverton grocery and gas station dating back to 2009.
The benefits can be used only to buy food, but police said Wednesday Beaverton Halal Meat and Mediterranean Groceries 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 with the U.S. Department of Agriculture said they arrested five people Tuesday.
Mahmoud Tajgerdu, 42 (pictured top left), co-owner of the grocery store, was charged with crimes including nine counts of aggravated theft. His daughter, Negin Tajgerdu, 23 (pictured top right), was also arrested along with Bahman Hoshmand, 39 (pictured bottom left), of Beaverton, Aziz Darkhshani, 38 (pictured bottom right), of Beaverton and Rafik Korkut, 35 (not pictured), of Portland.