A partnership between the Tennessee Department of Human Services (TDHS) and the Knox County Sheriff’s Office added two more arrests Thursday to its campaign against the abuse of the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP).
Sadik Panjwani and Azim Panjwani were both arrested and charged with EBT fraud and theft. Both are also on a ICE hold at the Knox County Detention Center.
Both men were accused of illegally buying SNAP EBT cards at half of their value and using them to purchase food for one of the Green Grocery locations in Knox County.
This case is one of roughly three dozen SNAP abuse investigation the Knox County Sheriff’s Office has begun since signing a State Law Enforcement Bureau agreement with the TDHS. Under the agreements, investigators have access to purchasing information and actual EBT cards to conduct undercover selling operations.
“The partnership we have with the Knox County Sheriff’s Office is a model example for how these SLEB agreements can work,” said TDHS Inspector General Todd McKinney. “Working in partnership we can not only catch the abuse of our programs we can also help fight other community concerns including stolen property, drug trafficking, and identity theft.”
Also arrested in the raid was Ahmed Twajwry. He was charged with theft over $2,500.
Randa Mohammed was arrested and charged with theft up to $1,000.
Omar Al Dabshi was arrested and charged with theft over $2,500.
Brandy Biggs was arrested and charged with theft up to $1,000.