DTA makes bi-weekly checks on ATM machines to identify cash withdrawals and purchases at prohibited establishments, like liquor stores. By sharing this information with law enforcement, state officials hope police officers will be able to better investigate and prevent prohibited Electronic Benefit Transfer card purchases.
DTA is also in the process of blocking EBT cards from working at certain retailers.
According to John Polanowicz the Secretary of Health and Human Services, "We know that the vast majority of clients use their benefits as intended, working with local law enforcement will help DTA protect the vital services for our clients who truly need them."
DTA has notified more than
78,000 welfare recipients and
22,000 retailers about the penalties and prohibited EBT purchases, which include jewelry, tobacco and guns.
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