|Published:||Sep 13, 2013 12:40 PM EDT|
|Updated:||Sep 13, 2013 12:57 PM EDT|
LEE COUNTY, Fla.- Another suspect has been arrested in the $1 million fraud investigation, involving state-issued food stamp cards...and your money.
Lee County Sheriff's deputies say 23-year-old Michael Horne was selling his food stamps illegally to Michael Schnatter, who is the alleged ring leader in the elaborate scheme involving EBT cards.
Detectives said this scheme has been going on for four years, and it's cost taxpayers more than $1 million.
Lee County Sheriff Mike Scott said it all revolves Schnatter, who is the owner of a meat and seafood business. He's accused of trading people cash for their EBT cards. The sheriff said those people would often use the cash to buy drugs. So far, deputies have arrested seven people, including Horne, for selling their cards.
Horne was in court this morning, days after WINK News broke the story.
Lee County Sheriff's deputies are still looking for two other people, who may have sold their cards to Schnatter.