According to the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office, at least 16 people have been linked to an alleged fraud scheme that stole information and money from California electronic benefit transfer holders and stole federal funds intended to provide food aid to families in need.
The conspiracy involved illegally accessing families’ EBT accounts by creating cloned cards to withdraw “large amounts of cash” from ATMs and abandoning families when they needed those funds, LA County Dist. atty This was announced by George Gascón on Tuesday.
“Stealing hundreds of thousands of dollars to feed children and families is downright disgusting,” Gascón said in a statement.
The 16 people linked to the system have been criminally charged in the case, most of whom have been charged with theft and theft of access card information. During their arrests, officers seized more than 300 cloned EBT cards and $130,000 in cash, Gascón said. He said the counterfeit cards were worth an estimated $400,000.
https://www.latimes.com/california/story/2022-09-07/ebt-fraud-scheme-los-angeles-california 16 charged in L.A. County EBT fraud scheme that swiped funds from needy families