A Raleigh, N.C., tattoo parlor is alleged to have accepted food stamps as a payment method for tattoo work, according to local police.
The Daily Caller reports that police arrested Clifford Craig Tittle, the owner of Ink Addiction Tattooz, this week and charged him with buying and distribution of food stamps and conspiracy to obtain property under false pretenses.
Warrants reportedly indicate that Raleigh police learned early this year that Ink Addiction Tattooz was accepting Electronic Benefit Transfer cards as payment for tattoo work.
Court documents show an informant purchased tattoo work from Tittle using two EBT cards. The informant also sold Tittle two more EBT cards, according to WNCN.
Through further investigation, the U.S. Department of Agriculture found four instances of tattoo work being paid for using EBT cards.
From Sept. 4 to 11, a confidential informant met with Tittle five different times, police said. The informant twice sold Tittle food stamps. During two other meetings, the informant received $600 worth of tattoo work in exchange for EBT card benefits.
Raleigh police seized evidence while executing a search warrant Thursday. A search warrant shows police seized proceeds from the buying and selling of EBT cards, computer terminals used in the crimes and evidence of ownership of Ink Addiction Tattoo.
The Daily Caller also reports that the Agriculture Department has stepped up efforts in recent years to combat food stamp fraud. According to the agency the rate of trafficking has decreased in the last 15 years from four percent to approximately one percent of benefits.