BATON ROUGE, LA — U.S. Senator David Vitter (R-La.) today met with Louisiana Attorney General Buddy Caldwell and Louisiana Dept. of Children and Family Services Secretary Suzie Sonnier to discuss penalties for Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) fraud that occurred during a system outage in October 2013.
“We had a positive, productive meeting today on the fraud and theft that occurred within the SNAP program, but like many citizens, I still believe there should be serious consequences for all those who participated,” Vitter said. “I’m going to keep pushing to make sure that those who deliberately stole from the program are disqualified.”
In October 2013, after news of massive fraud and abuse of Electronic Benefit Transfer cards in north Louisiana, Vitter sent recommendations to Caldwell and Sonnier for aggressive action in response to fraud.
This week, only six of the 12,000 SNAP recipients who made transactions during the system outage lost their benefits.