SNAP recipients disqualified for misuse of benefits

BATON ROGE, LA (WVUE) - The Louisiana Department of Children and Family Services has disqualified six Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program recipients who attempted to intentionally and grossly misuse taxpayer dollars by using their EBT cards to make purchases that exceeded the available balance during a multi-state system failure.

Following the October 12, 2013 outage, DCFS began reviewing transactions made by 12,000 clients and determined that some were made by people who were no longer eligible for the program or who did not have sufficient funds in their balance to pay the retailer for the goods purchased.

DCFS' Fraud and Recovery Unit began pursing the 500 most egregious offenders who attempted to spend $315,386 that they did not have available in benefits. Those transactions ranged from $300 - $2,000. The agency sent target letters and questionnaires to those 500.

"The investigation and disqualification process is ongoing and we expect it to result in additional disqualifications," said DCFS Secretary Suzy Sonnier.

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