By Melanie Yingst
February 19, 2014
TROY — Troy Police Department assisted the Ohio Investigation Unit with a search warrant at the 55 Express convenience store and charged owner Samir Nino of Dayton with felony charges of telecommunication fraud and illegal use of food stamps Tuesday.
Nino is currently incarcerated at the Miami County Jail and has been charged with third degree felony illegal use of food stamps and a fifth degree felony telecommunications fraud.
The Ohio Investigation Unit executed the search warrant at the convenience store, located at 503 E. Staunton Road, Troy, on Tuesday morning.
Ohio Investigative Unit’s agent-in-charge Harold Torrens said the investigation and search warrant stemmed from a complaint that Nino was allowing customers to use food stamp benefits in exchange for cash to pay utility bills.
Torrens explained how food stamp benefit fraud stems from store owners by allowing customers to ring up fake sales orders for cash from their food card account. Other examples of food stamp fraud include using the funds to purchase non-eligible items such as beer, cigarettes, cleaning supplies and pet food with their benefits.
The Ohio Investigative Unit is a division of the Ohio Department of Public Safety.
Troy Police Department provided stand-by assistance for the Ohio Investigation Unit’s search warrant, according to Troy Police Department’s Capt. Chris Anderson.
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