A Holyoke man was arrested Wednesday in what police are calling a large-scale EBT scheme.
The man, identified as 55-year-old Jose Baez, allegedly fraudulently used EBT cards to purchase tens of thousands of dollars worth of food.
Massachusetts State Police said after a year-long investigation involving the Department of Transitional Assistance, Holyoke Police and Springfield Police, Baez was arrested.
State Police said Baez used tens of thousands of dollars worth of EBT cards to purchase food from two food distributors in Springfield and then selling it at a restaurant owned by his wife, El Rincon Boricua on Lyman street.
Springfield police spokesman Ryan Walsh said more than 75 individual EBT cards were used by Baez.
Nadine Harris of Holyoke told 22News, “Things like that don’t really shock me today. People doing bad things, going out of their way to make money, doing really weird things. I guess at the end of the day, people do what they got to do to survive”
The Springfield Police Department said selling an EBT card to someone could result in criminal charges against the cardholder. Baez will be prosecuted by the Hampden County DA’s office.