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Myrtle Beach motel owner, co-defendants appear in federal court for EBT fraud case

Sherif Alkassar and a co-defendant walk to their federal court hearing Wednesday. (Source: WYFF) Sherif Alkassar and a co-defendant walk to their federal court hearing Wednesday. (Source: WYFF)
Sherif Alkassar speaks to a WYFF reporter outside the federal courtroom. (Source: WYFF) Sherif Alkassar speaks to a WYFF reporter outside the federal courtroom. (Source: WYFF)

GREENVILLE, SC (WMBF) – The three people who were arrested and charged with electronic benefits transfer fraud last week after an FBI raid at two Myrtle Beach hotels were in federal court in Greenville on Wednesday.

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 on Thursday after federal warrants were served at the 7 Brothers Motel the Virginian Motel, both owned by Sherif Alkassar, and a third location in Myrtle Beach.

Alkassar was also charged with mail fraud and making false statements relating to naturalization and citizenship, according to the press release.

All three defendants were present with an attorney at the federal hearing on Wednesday.

A Task Force officer was sworn and seated as a witness for the government, and the court found probable cause to proceed with the case, according to court documents. Co-defendants Leslie Alkassar and Polson were ordered to have no contact with one another. 

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