Multiple raids in East St. Louis, St. Charles County due to alleged food stamp fraud

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by KMOV.com Staff

KMOV.com

Posted on July 19, 2012 at 2:49 PM

Updated Thursday, Jul 19 at 6:21 PM

ST. LOUIS (KMOV.com) – The Department of Agriculture and several law enforcement agencies carried out raids at two businesses in East St. Louis and a home in St. Charles County Thursday.

Authorities confirmed the raids were related to alleged food stamp fraud at the three locations.

In St. Charles County, agents from the IRS, the Department of Agriculture and immigration and customs were at a home in the 1500 block of Hudson Landing carrying out a search warrant. The home is located in the Heritage Landing subdivision, an area with large homes on winding streets just south of the Page Avenue extension.

Agents searched several cars in the driveway, the house and a van with markings from the Garden Grill Market, the business where agents carried out two East St. Louis raids.

Agents walked out of the house with boxes of evidence, but they were absolutely quiet when News 4 tried to talk to them.

St. Charles County SWAT members guarded the house during the search.

Neighbors on the block said the family living in the house were renting and kept a low profile.

“I did not see them, I could not tell you what they looked like, it seems like there were always different people, lots of cars in the driveway and then none for a few days,” said Julie Fincke.

Meanwhile, agents in East St. Louis also searched the two Garden Grill Markets on State Street, which are located about a mile away from each other.

They were at both locations all day and packed up numerous amounts of evidence.

James O’Neill, owner of the house and two businesses, said he had no idea his home was being raided until being told by News 4’s Chris Nagus.

Authorities have not released any more information on the raids, but News 4 will be sure to update the story as more information becomes available.

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