Health Inspection Scam in Wood River, Magic Valleys


The Times-News reports today that a health inspection scam has hit several restaurants in the Wood River Valley and the Mini-Cassia region. In a couple of cases, "the fake inspector claimed he needed to sample the food."

But officials with the South Central Public Health District, which oversees Idaho's Magic and Wood River valleys said their inspectors never taste the food. Other reports said fake inspectors asked for proprietary account information from restaurant owners.

SCPHD officials said all inspectors should have photo IDs and almost all restaurants should be familiar with district personnel because "there hasn't been recent turnover or hiring of new inspectors."