MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF) – Three people were arrested and charged with electronic benefits transfer fraud on Thursday following federal warrants being served at the 7 Brothers Motel, the Virginian Motel and a third location in Myrtle Beach.
According to a press release from the U.S. District Attorney's Office, Sherif Alkassar, 36, of Myrtle Beach; Lesley Alkassar, 38, of Blacksburg; and Katie Polson, 29, of Myrtle Beach, were all taken into custody.
Additionally, Sherif Alkassar was also charged with mail fraud and making false statements relating to naturalization and citizenship, according to the press release.
Each faces a maximum possible penalty of not more than 20 years in prison if convicted.
The federal warrants were served by members of the FBI. A bond hearing related to those warrants was held at the Federal Court in Florence at 2:30 p.m., Thursday.
A WMBF News reporter at the federal court in Florence said media was not allowed inside the bond hearing.
FBI and police officials were also at a home in the 300 block of First Avenue North Thursday morning.
During the serving of the warrants, witnesses reported seeing two women being arrested. Five or six children were also seen being removed from one of the locations.
Sherif Alkassar was listed on a business license as the owner of the 7 Brothers and The Virginian motels, according to records from the city of Myrtle Beach.