- Associated Press - Wednesday, September 21, 2016

PHOENIX (AP) - Authorities say the owner of a retail store in Phoenix has been arrested after an undercover food stamp fraud investigation.

The Arizona Department of Economic Security says the fraud totaled more than $600,000.

Phoenix TV station KPNX reports (http://bit.ly/2cncVGo) that search warrants were served Tuesday at two locations of the Dulceria Mayra’s Y Mas retail store.

Authorities say owner Mayra Ramirez is suspected of using her store to allow customers to exchange food stamp benefits for cash and to purchase items not eligible to be bought with benefits.

Ramirez was booked into the downtown Phoenix jail on Tuesday and reportedly is facing various charges.

It was unclear Wednesday if she has a lawyer yet.

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Information from: KPNX-TV, http://www.12news.com

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