Police officers overheard him using his one phone call to ask an unidentified person to “get my EBT card and go to the ATM and get the money to bail me out, get me outta here tonight,” according to the police report.
Conservatives, such as state Rep. Shaunna O’Connell, have longed attempted to minimize welfare abuse — with heavy pushback from colleagues — and she feels vindicated by Clark’s actions:
It’s another outrage,” she said, “When we were on the EBT Card Commission, I fought to get bail bondsmen on that list of places where people could not use their EBT cards. They fought me on it and told me people can’t use their EBT cards in that way.”
Other uses of the card, according to O’Connell, include alcohol, cigarettes and lotto tickets and she blames the Department of Transitional Assistance for the lapse of oversight:
Obviously the [DTA] has no idea how people use these cards and how the cards work,” O’Connell said.
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