Welfare Criminals to Lose Food Stamp Benefits Over Looting During EBT Blackout
On Oct. 12, there was a system glitch with the Electronics Benefits Transfer (EBT) program that allows people in the U.S. who get food benefits through the Government’s welfare system to pay for their food with an EBT card. The EBT card resembles a regular debit card. Wal-Mart, acting on the best interests of its customers, or so they thought, allowed customers to continue shopping and ringing up their purchases on an “honor system.”
Word got out quickly, and criminals from all over, especially in centralized areas in Louisiana, bum-rushed the local Wal-Marts and began filling their carts to over-flow capacity with goods that they knew they did not have the balance on their EBT cards to cover.
Proof of the criminals’ knowledge of their own lack of funds came when word got out some time later that the EBT system was back online. Filled carts were abandoned in every isle of the stores and the people who had gone in to do some ‘legal looting’ as they saw it, ran out of the store as quickly as if it were on fire.
But it all comes home to roost, and it now appears that many of these welfare criminals are going to lose their benefits for a period of up to one year, two years, or permanently, depending upon the number of previous infractions
On Wednesday, Louisiana’s Governor, Bobby Jindal, announced that he and his administration has launched an investigation to determine who took advantage of the system during the EBT blackout. There were more than 12,000 transactions that did not have the funds available to cover the costs of the goods stolen during the outage.
“We must protect the program for those who receive and use their benefits appropriately according to the law,” Suzy Sonnier, secretary of the state Department of Children and Family Services in La. said in a prepared statement. “We are looking at each case individually, addressing those recipients who are suspected of misrepresenting their eligibility for benefits or defrauding the system.”
To those who lose benefits, because of their criminal actions, we have a suggestion.
Get a job.