- Associated Press - Tuesday, September 30, 2014

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - The Louisiana Department of Children and Family Services says 11 residents, who fraudulently received more than $81,000 in food and child care benefits, have been convicted.

The 11 residents were convicted after either hiding information or lying in order to get benefits through the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance or Child Care Assistance programs.

WAFB-TV reports (https://bit.ly/1sLZFlC ) each of the individuals was also disqualified for a minimum of 12 months from the program from which they were convicted of fraudulently receiving benefits. Second-time offenders are suspended for 24 months, and third-time offenders are permanently disqualified from the state programs.

DCFS Secretary Suzy Sonnier said Tuesday that the department has a zero tolerance for fraud.

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Information from: WAFB-TV, https://wafb.com

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