Demolition set for ALLINONE store
HUNTINGTON — Demolition of a troubled convenience store will begin Wednesday in Huntington, according to a press release from the U.S. Attorney’s Office.
The ALLINONE Store, located at 1954 9th Avenue, was shut down earlier this year when a federal investigation into food stamp fraud led to three arrests.
The owner, Abderahmane Eloirzazi, pleaded guilty in September agreeing to pay $127,000 in restitution and to give up ownership of the store’s real estate.
That led led to this week’s demolition. Officials are scheduled to mark the demolition with comments Wednesday afternoon.
The gasoline station, formerly known as Sunoco, had been a magnet for drugs and violence, attracting many more calls for police service than other area stores. That troublesome history led Huntington City Council to declare the property a public nuisance earlier this year.
In pleading guilty, Eloirzazi agreed he and others conspired to commit food stamp fraud from June 2010 to February 2012. The operation allowed customers at his business, known as The ALLINONE Store, to exchange government benefits for cash, discounted goods and other ineligible items.
Huntington Police Lt. John Ellis testified in September the store illegally redeemed between $127,000 to $251,000 in benefits from the nation’s Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, formerly known as the food stamp program.
Eloirzazi is scheduled to be sentenced next week before U.S. District Judge Robert C. Chambers.
Eloirzazi’s accomplices, store manager Stephanie Pauley and employee Cynthia Gibson, each received probation and orders to assist in paying restitution.