State Representative Jason Perillo (R-113) has proposed legislation this session of the Connecticut General Assembly aimed at targeting and reducing fraud in the state’s public assistance services. HB 5131, An Act Establishing Safeguards Against Improper Use of State-Administered Cash Assistance, would crack down on the illegal use of Electronic Benefit Transfer (EBT) cards which allow state welfare departments to issue benefits to recipients via magnetically encoded payment cards.
“Being serious about the current budget conditions in this state means taking seriously the fraud and abuse of benefits we intend to provide to those in need,” said Rep. Perillo. “Such fraud and abuse is a theft from the state, its people and those needy individuals who depend on this assistance to get by. One of the chief ways of detecting such fraud is determining which of these cards is used outside the state, as they are often illegally traded and sold to people living in other states, and sometimes other countries.”