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Vitter: EBT Card Fraud in Louisiana Should Disqualify Recipients

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U.S. Sen. David Vitter (R-La.) is calling for the Louisiana Attorney General and Secretary of Department of Children and Family Services to take aggressive action on the fraudulent events during the recent outage of the Electronic Benefits Transfer (EBT) system which led to massive theft of groceries in several Louisiana locations.

"The outrageous theft and fraud at several Louisiana retailers, including at the Wal-Mart stores in Mansfield and Springhill, is completely unacceptable," Vitter said. "Like many citizens, I am appalled and believe there should be serious consequences for what occurred; so far, I have heard of none."

Vitter has made three recommendations for state officials in an open letter released Wednesday.

• Take action to ensure that no reimbursements are made to retailers who didn't follow proper protocol.

• Disqualify any EBT beneficiary who knowingly stole groceries during the outage.

• Work to set up a local task force to pursue prosecutions of the theft and fraud cases.

In a response to Vitter's letter, the Department of Children and Family Services says hey have already addressed the concerns. DCFS says they "have no tolerance for fraud or abuse of the SNAP program and works aggressively everyday, using the latest technology, to hold people accountable. No unauthorized taxpayer dollars were used in Louisiana during the multi-state Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) EBT transaction outage."

Click here to view the full letter to Senator Vitter from DCFS.

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