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Businesses raided connected by one name: Chism

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The raids began Thursday morning at several Kare Enrichment Centers, Chism Express Carwash and Gas, as well as E'oj Restaurant and Lounge. The raids began Thursday morning at several Kare Enrichment Centers, Chism Express Carwash and Gas, as well as E'oj Restaurant and Lounge.
According to sources, each of the businesses are owned by the Chism family, which operates Chism Trail, Inc. According to sources, each of the businesses are owned by the Chism family, which operates Chism Trail, Inc.
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(WMC-TV) – Each of the properties raided by the Feds Thursday morning are connected by one name: Chism.

According to sources, each of the businesses are owned by the Chism family, which operates Chism Trail, Inc. The raids reportedly involve a free federal food program.

The raids began Thursday morning at several Karen Enrichment Centers, Chism Express Carwash and Gas, as well as E'oj Restaurant and Lounge.

Neighbor Coella Skinner said Chism family members live in two homes on a property on Holmes Road.

"I just saw lots of cars policemen and like that," said Skinner.

Federal investigators are saying little, only that search warrants were executed upon a number of businesses in Shelby County and North Mississippi.

The free lunch program is administered by the U.S. Department of Agriculture. The USDA is listed as one of the agencies involved in the raid, along with the Secret Service and Memphis Police Department Organized Crime Unit.

The raid parallels one conducted in Memphis 10 years ago involving several day care centers. Child care brokers Willie Ann and John Madison were convicted and sentenced for misusing public funds.

While Shelby County Commissioner Sidney Chism says he is not involved with any of the businesses in question, he did say that people using the free food lunch program must keep meticulous paperwork.

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