• State cracks down on WIC and food stamp abuse

    By: Richard Elliot


    MARIETTA, Ga. - State and federal agents raided several locations around Georgia on Friday as part of a reported crackdown on WIC card and food stamp abuse.

    "There were several search warrants executed around the state today," said the Georgia Department of Public Health's Deputy Inspector General Ondray Jennings. "We're responsible for investigating fraud and abuse within the Georgia WIC program."

    Neither Jennings nor federal agents would talk much about the raids or the full extent of them since the warrants are still under federal seal.

    Channel 2 Action News was there as federal agents raided the Kids Paradise store along South Cobb Road in Marietta. Agents carried computers and boxes of evidence out of the store, but would not comment on why they were there.

    Jennings wouldn't comment directly on the investigation but did say his office looks into allegations of fraud committed by people who buy or overcharge for vouchers.

    Agents detained and questioned one store employee but then released him. The man would not identify himself or say why agents questioned him.

    "They just bum rushed the store," he said as he closed up Kids Paradise for the night. "Your guess is as good as mine. I'm just glad they let me go."

    The U.S. Attorney's Office in Savannah, which is coordinating with the Georgia DPH, had no comment either.

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