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Raids target EBT card scams

Chinatown, Quincy sweeps target use of cards to get cash, not food

Police raided businesses in Boston’s Chinatown and in Quincy on Thursday and charged 53 people in connection with alleged scams involving electronic benefit transfer cards, a system meant to help poor people buy food.

Boston police fanned out across Chinatown late Thursday morning and raided five businesses, including a bakery, a sandwich shop, and a seafood market. In Quincy, State and local police arrested the owner of a small corner store who officials said had defrauded the government of more than $700,000.

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