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Store owner 'using food stamps' to stock shelves

'This guy's running a business on the taxpayers' back'

(DAYTONA BEACH NEWS-JOURNAL) A Ridgewood Avenue convenience store owner and his son were arrested Monday after Daytona Beach police, state and federal agents raided his business in connection with a food stamp scam, a police spokesman said.

Bassam Sale Abu Diab, 55, a native of Israel, and his son, Matthew Bassam Abu Diab, born in the U.S., were each charged with three counts of misappropriating public assistance funds, making misrepresentations to a credit card issuer, obtaining property by fraud and communications fraud.

Daytona Beach police, Daytona Beach Code Enforcement, The U.S. Secret Service, the U.S. Department of Agriculture, the Florida Division of Alcoholic Beverages and Tobacco, the Florida Department of Law Enforcement and the Florida Department of Revenue served two search warrants Monday morning on the Diabs, said police spokesman Jimmie Flynt.

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