Another store employee told investigators that most of the Basic Food clients who accompanied Lantz on these shopping trips were homeless and had no means to store or keep the large amount of foods purchased from spoiling.
“I call it profiting on poverty,” said Steve Lowe, senior director with the DSHS Office of Fraud and Accountability. “Searching the tavern, we found EBT cards that were likely used to make the large food purchases for the tavern owner. Also found were a large of amount of prescription narcotics, which will be investigated by local law enforcement agencies.”
DSHS will continue its investigation, scouring items collected under the search warrant, including EBT cards, bank account records, checks, ledgers, financial records, store receipts, employee information and other items related to operating the business.