Police: Raleigh tattoo parlor accepted food stamps as payment
by WNCN Staff
Clifford Craig Tittle was charged with buying or selling/distribution of food stamps and conspiracy to obtain property under false pretense.
RALEIGH, N.C. -
A Raleigh tattoo parlor is accused of taking hundreds of dollars in welfare benefits for tattoos, Raleigh Police say.
Warrants show Raleigh police learned in early 2013 that Ink Addiction Tattooz at 2012-B Poole Road was accepting Electronic Benefit Transfer cards as payment for tattoo work.
Court documents show an informant purchased tattoo work from owner Clifford Craig Tittle using two EBT cards. The informant also sold Tittle two more EBT cards.
Through further investigation, the U.S. Department of Agriculture found four instances of tattoo work being paid for using EBT cards.
On Sept. 4, two individuals used EBT cards and cash for work from Ink Addiction Tattooz. The amount charged to EBT cards was $421 and 417.61, court documents show.
On Sept. 6, another individual paid Tittle $413 on their EBT to receive tattoo work from Tittle. This sale also included $175 in cash.
According to court documents, an individual sold an EBT card worth $570 to Tittle on Sept. 6 for $215.
From Sept. 4 to 11, a confidential informant met with Tittle five different times, police said. The informant twice sold Tittle food stamps. During two other meetings, the informant received $600 worth of tattoo work in exchange for EBT card benefits.
Raleigh police seized evidence while executing a search warrant Thursday. A search warrant shows police seized proceeds from the buying and selling of EBT cards, computer terminals used in the crimes and evidence of ownership of Ink Addiction Tattoo.
Raleigh police arrested Tittle Sept. 12 for charges of buying or selling/distribution of food stamps and conspiracy to obtain property under false pretense.