State to cut food stamp benefits for overspending

 KATC 3 News

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) – The state social services department is going to strip food stamp benefits from people who are found to have deliberately overspent their balance when the electronic food stamp service was down last month.

The Department of Children and Family Services announced Wednesday that it would seek to disqualify food stamp recipients through the state’s administrative hearing process.  

Several Louisiana retailers, including Wal-Mart stores in Mansfield and Springhill, allowed food stamp recipients to make unlimited purchases on Oct. 12, when the electronic card system was down and balances couldn’t be checked.

DCFS says about 12,000 insufficient funds were conducted when the system was down, though not all are assumed to be fraudulent.

The department’s response comes after U.S. Sen. David Vitter complained that state officials weren’t aggressively pursuing food stamp fraud.

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One thought on “State to cut food stamp benefits for overspending

  1. The sad side of this story is that certain “people” within our government have abused this system that was meant for poor people. There are very rich people who are filing multiple food stamp claims, and they are draining more monies from this system than the poor that are taking from the system for legitimate reasons.
    Face it folks, every “entitlement program” that our government creates is being looted by the very rich who control this Country. These programs create nothing more than another back-door for the rich to get even richer.

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