Dec 5, 11:21 AM EST

Couple faces charges for EBT fraud

SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) -- A Spokane couple faces multiple fraud charges for allegedly using other people's Electronic Benefits Transfer cards to purchase food and drinks for their vending machine business.

Spokane Police served search warrants Thursday on the owners suspected of EBT card fraud.

The warrants allege the owners paid cash to EBT recipients for benefits received through the federally funded food stamp program. Then they used those benefits to purchase goods for their vending machines.

Investigators contend the suspects spent several thousand dollars in benefits, using more than 20 EBT cards at just one Spokane-area retailer.

The warrants allege that 68-year-old Kathleen A. Hagy and 71-year-old Charles A. Hagy purchased, or enlisted others to purchase, chips, soda, and other supplies for 22 vending machines in the Spokane area.

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