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State interviewing food stamp's big spenders

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Posted: Feb 3, 2014 10:54 PM by Trey Schmaltz
Source: WBRZ

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Topics: food stamp, overspending, louisiana, fraud

BATON ROUGE- The Department of Children and Family Services is interviewing people whose transactions were flagged after a glitch in the food stamp system allowed overspending in October.

As many as 12,000 transactions are questionable and 500 questionnaires have been sent to the highest offenders a DCFS spokesperson said Monday.

In the fall, the electronic benefits system experienced a temporary shutdown and people were allowed to make purchases even though the cards showed no limits. The situation led to chaos at some large stores where people bought baskets full of merchandise.

Stores are left to recoup the losses since the department will only pay for the usual amount allocated to cards.
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