Two South Florida stores banned from accepting food stamps

Contact 5 uncovers stores falsifying documents

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. - In February, the Contact 5 Investigators uncovered local stores falsifying documents to be able to participate in the national food stamp program.

After our investigation the U.S. Department of Agriculture, the agency that oversees the program, is taking action and no longer allowing two local stores to accept food stamps.

Watch the original investigation below and read the full story by clicking here .


 

Family Grocery on Sapodilla Avenue in West Palm Beach and Trina's Food Mart on Avenue D in Fort Pierce have both been permanently removed from the national list of locations allowed to accept food stamps.

In February, Contact 5 Investigators discovered both stores were still accepting food stamps even though their owners were previously disqualified from doing so.

The Contact 5 Investigators brought this to the USDA's attention and now both stores can no longer accept food stamps because, according to the USDA, the owners falsified information on their applications.

The USDA also told us that since the stores were removed, no food stamps have been redeemed at these locations.

The February investigation and investigations by our news partners at the Scripps Howard News Service prompted the U.S. House's government oversight committee to direct USDA officials to explain how they will prevent food-stamp merchants banned for fraud from staying in the program in February.

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Investigative Producer Lynn Walsh contributed to this story.

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