Taxpayers won't cover unauthorized EBT purchases at North La. Wal-Marts

Taxpayers won't cover unauthorized EBT purchases at North La. Wal-Marts

Taxpayers won't cover unauthorized EBT purchases at North La. Wal-Marts

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Associated Press

Posted on October 15, 2013 at 1:05 PM

Updated Tuesday, Oct 15 at 1:09 PM

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Louisiana taxpayers won't be on the hook for a decision by some Louisiana retailers who allowed holders of government "electronic benefit transfer" cards to make unlimited purchases, even though they could not check card balances.

It happened when an outage interrupted electronic food stamp service in 17 states Saturday. The Advocate reports (http://bit.ly/17qhuqz ) that cashiers at Wal-Mart stores in Mansfield and Springhill allowed EBT recipients to make unlimited purchases. And some spent well beyond their balances.

Trey Williams, spokesman for the Louisiana Department of Children and Family Services, said emergency procedures require retailers to call vendor Xerox Corp. for authorization on up to $50 in purchases per card holder.

Williams said Xerox and retailers will have to decide how to address any purchases allowed outside the emergency procedures.

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Information from: The Advocate, http://theadvocate.com

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