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Food Stamp Fraud & Pill Shop Bust at Warrenville Store

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The owner of a country store in Warrenville has been busted for food stamp fraud and dealing pills, Aiken County authorities said.

Dianne Eubanks, owner of Smoak’s County Store (left photo), was arrested Thursday after a 6-month investigation into EBT fraud. While searching the store at 395 Piney Heights Road, investigators found “a cache of illegal pills and a large quantity of money associated with the distribution of narcotics,” sheriff’s Capt. Eric Abdullah said in a press release.

Eubanks, 65, was charged with six counts of food stamp fraud, five counts of possession with intent to distribute controlled substances and one count of possession of a Schedule III controlled substance.

“The investigation also discovered several EBT cards that did not belong to Eubanks,” Capt. Abdullah said.

Investigators also arrested Jeffery Earl Ashley (top right), who was at the store, for marijuana possession and unlawful carrying of a handgun. Ashley’s arrest was not related to the fraud investigation.

A second food stamp arrest was also made: Yvonne Key (bottom right) was charged with food stamp fraud at Valley Jacks, located at 4388 Augusta Road in the Warrenville area.

SLED, SC Department of Social Services and Camden Police Department assisted with this investigation.

 

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Greg Rickabaugh
Greg Rickabaugh
Greg Rickabaugh is an award-winning crime reporter in the Augusta-Aiken area with experience writing for The Augusta Chronicle, The Augusta Press and serving as publisher of The Jail Report. Rickabaugh is a 1994 graduate of the University of South Carolina and has appeared on several crime documentaries on the Investigation Discovery channel.

5 COMMENTS

  1. My heart goes out….. is hard to make a living, people do what they have to. Sometimes that means breaking laws. Easy for people with their Oh so perfect lives looking down their noses. But I can understand how someone can get caught up like this before ever really fully thinking out the consequences, like I said is sad. And so much poverty around in this area. But alt of Good people live around here, and she did help slot of Good people that needed it, it would be hard for anybody to just know when enough is too much, or that your just in too deep. My heart goes out to her and her family. Plus I don’t like pigs, or rats. And they go hand in hand.

  2. There’s so much poverty in this area due to a poverty mindset and dregs of society, like this human filth, perpetuating it – keeping people in their current state of mediocrity or even making it easier for them to do the wrong thing rather than be forced to strive for the right. Dealing pills and defrauding taxpayers isn’t the way to accomplish meaningful and lasting prosperity. Poverty will always prevail within certain groups- no matter the ‘area’ in which they reside. As adults, we choose our circumstances through our actions every day.

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