Police in upstate New York launched an investigation to crack a huge food stamp scam, resulting in the arrests of over 30 people. According to a press release by the New York State Police department, State Police in Malone arrested 34 people after they were exchanging the supplemental funds for cash to pay for drugs and alcohol.
Police claim the investigation lasted about a year before the group was arrested. Dennis J. Sauve, the owner of the local market in town, was arrested and charged with 3rd degree grand larceny and misuse of food stamps in January. With the ringleader behind bars, officials were able to crack down on the rest of the suspects. The ages of the suspects range from 21 to 72 years old.