Report: Welfare debit cards used in California casinos
June 24, 2010
LOS ANGELES (AP) – A Los Angeles Times review of records has found welfare debit cards issued by the state can be used to withdraw cash in more than half of the casinos in California.
The Times reported Wednesday that the cards work in ATM machines at 32 of 58 tribal casinos and 47 of 90 state-licensed poker rooms.
State officials say they are trying to determine how much money had been withdrawn from casino ATMs by people using the cards, which are provided by the Department of Social Services to help recipients feed and clothe their families.
A spokesman for Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger said the state has instructed its vendors to prohibit the cards from being accepted at ATMS located in casinos and card rooms.