Food stamp fraud investigation nets 2 arrests

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PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN 6) – Two people have been arrested as part of a food stamp fraud investigation after police discovered the suspects were fraudulently renting vehicles from Enterprise Car Rental.

Portland Police Detective Travis Field arrested Aishish Portis and Jody Ohman, according to court documents filed by Multnomah County Deputy District Attorney Kevin Demer. Ohman admitted that he used a false name and credit cards, provided to him by Portis, to rent the vehicles, court documents state.

Portis reportedly sold her Oregon Food Stamp EBT card to undercover officers, court documents state. When the transaction was complete, other officers arrested Portis, Demer wrote. They found that she had a plane ticket for a 9 a.m. flight leaving Portland for California.

“When the police handed Det. Fields the (money she was given during the undercover deal), Portis blurted out, ‘That’s my money,’ to which Det. Fields replied, ‘No, it’s not. I just bought your food stamps, you can’t sell your food stamps,” Demer wrote. Portis then said, “But I needed the money,” Demer wrote.

Police found a stack of 11 counterfeit credit cards inside Portis’ suitcase and purse, court documents state.

In April, a grand jury indicted Ohman with nine counts of identity theft and four counts of unauthorized use of a motor vehicle. He is scheduled to be back in court June 16. Portis was charged with seven counts of identity theft, two counts of unauthorized use of a motor vehicle, and three counts of unlawfully obtaining food stamps, and one count of possession of methamphetamine. Her next court appearance is May 20.

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