Courtesy-Wichita County Sheriff's Office

At approximately 10:00 am Wednesday the Wichita Falls Police Department Financial Crimes Unit along with Investigators from the Texas Alcohol Beverage Commission executed two search warrants in connection with a Food Stamp fraud investigation. The warrants were served at the Shop N Go 2 convenience store at 1431 32nd Street and at Lucky 7 convenience store at 4511 Rhea Rd.

Yovana Ballard
Photo courtesy-Wichita County Sheriff's Office.

Two arrests were made in connection with the investigation.  35 year-old Asif Karim Juma and 35 year-old Yovana Ballard were taken into custody.  Both were charged with Prohibited Activities under the Human Resources Code Chapter 33, a 3rd Degree Felony.

The arrests and search warrants are the result of several months of investigating Food Stamp Fraud involving Electronic Benefit Cards, more commonly known in Texas as the ‘Lone Star Card’. The investigation will continue on these cases as investigators sort through evidence gathered today.