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Wednesday, April 17, 2019

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12 guilty, sentenced for claiming $120K illegally

12 guilty, sentenced for claiming $120K illegally

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Twelve Louisiana residents, who received more than $120,000 in ineligible benefits from the state Department of Children and Family Services, have been convicted and sentenced in separate cases.

State officials say all of the defendants were ordered to make full restitution to the department in amounts ranging from a low of $3,265 to $22,704.

DCFS Secretary Suzy Sonnier said in a statement Friday that the department uses a number of tools to identify potential fraud of benefits involving the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program and Child Care Assistance Program. Sonnier says those tools include cross-matching information with federal and other state agencies to determine whether individuals have received benefits due to fraud.

DCFS has recovered nearly $1.3 million from ineligible recipients since July.