SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – The owner of a Springfield convenience store that was allegedly running an EBT fraud scheme was in court Monday morning.
Ramon Diaz owns Dwight Mini Market on Dwight Street Extension in the “Hollywood” section of Springfield’s South End. The store was raided by state and city police back in March. The Hampden County District Attorney’s Office alleges that the store was swiping EBT cards and giving customers some cash back, while still collecting the full value of the transaction from the state’s welfare agency.
According to Springfield Police Sgt. John Delaney, more than 200 needles and syringes were also being offered for sale at the store, as well as crack pipes and packaging materials. Used syringes were also found in the store’s basement.
Diaz’s son, 29 year-old Samuel Diaz, was arraigned back in March on charges of larceny and public assistance fraud in connection with the case.
Ramon Diaz is due back in court on July 27.