KlaCo Sheriff makes dozens of arrests in EBT money laundering investigation

, Posted: Thu, May 8 2014 at 7:51 PM, Updated: Fri, May 9 2014 at 6:29 PM

KlaCo Sheriff makes dozens of arrests in EBT money laundering investigation

Klamath Falls, Ore. -- Multiple arrests were made Thursday and many more are expected in connection with a massive case of food stamp fraud.

The Klamath County Sheriff's Department says arrest warrants are now signed for 62 suspects in connection with 'Operation Gold Card'.

Detective Eric Shepherd with the Klamath County Sheriff's Office said a meat market was laundering money through Oregon Trail card holders "You go in with your Oregon Trail card, you run it, you enter your pin number, you run it for a certain amount, let's say 200 dollars - they give you 100 dollars cash back, and instantly transfer it into their account from the federal government as 200 dollars."

Klamath County Sheriff Frank Skrah said they are trying to spread a strong and clear message "Do not bring your criminal activity, and do not bring your dope to Klamath County - we will throw your ass in jail."

Over 30 people have been arrested so far, and more arrests are expected.

Local police are being assisted by federal agents from the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

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