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Rep. Johnson urges DCFS Asst. Secretary to look into alleged food stamp fraud

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BATON ROUGE – State Representative Mike Johnson (R-Bossier City) questioned Louisiana Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS) Deputy Assistant Secretary Sammy Guillory on the alleged DSNAP, or food stamp, fraud that took place in Caddo Parish in late March.

State Rep. Mike Johnson
State Rep. Mike Johnson

During that period, DCFS distributed over 5,000 food stamp debit cards worth more than $1.2 million of taxpayer dollars with no adequate controls for who was eligible to receive the benefit.

“So, we gave out over a million dollars approximately, in one parish, in two days, to people that we are not sure were eligible for those monies is that right?,” questioned Johnson.  To which Asst. Sec. Guillory replied, “That is correct.”

“I know the state’s only responsible for handing it out, but we have a fiduciary obligation to the taxpayers of this state and the country to handle that money as well as we can,” said Johnson. “And I don’t care if there is a federal regulation or rule or not—we need to implement our own [eligibility and accountability] procedures here.”

To see the entire exchange see the below link at the 1:14:55 mark:
http://house.louisiana.gov/H_Video/VideoArchivePlayer.aspx?v=house/2016/mar/0330_16_HW