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Many PD not giving up on going after EBT card abusers

MANY, LA (KSLA) -

The Many Police Department says it will take all the help it can get going after and charging those shoppers who took advantage of a food stamp glitch a few weekends ago.

Cell phone video shows empty shelves and filled up baskets left behind after a shopping frenzy at several Walmart stores in the Ark-La-Tex.

U.S. Senator David Vitter sent a letter to the Louisiana Attorney General's Office and the Department of Children and Family Services. Vitter asked the AG's Office to set up a task force, in order to help smaller jurisdictions charge and prosecute those who tried to purchase groceries over the limit on their EBT cards.

Some Walmart stores chose not to implement the emergency procedures during the EBT (Electronic Benefit Transfer) glitch October 12th, which made it seem like there were no limits on the cards. The Department of Children and Family Services, which oversees the program, said Walmart will only be reimbursed the exact amount on the cards, and will have to cover the overages.

So far no retailers have indicated they'll press charges or seek refunds. But that's not stopping Vitter. "Of course it was theft, it may have been theft from Walmart and Walmart, because they screwed up too, they may not want to be involved but guess what, it doesn't matter because we have plenty of documentation of the overages. So Walmart can stay out of it and we can still prosecute as we should," said Vitter.

DCFS announced yesterday it had already asked the USDA, which administers the program, to allow sanctions for those EBT card holders who were knowingly trying to purchase over their card limit.

At last check, the USDA was still reviewing that request.

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