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Walls jailed for taking EBT card
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A man will serve five days behind bars for going shopping with his girlfriend’s EBT card and not telling her about it.
The man, Tony Walls, 49, entered a guilty plea before General Sessions Judge Bill Locke to the charge of perjury and was ordered to serve five days of an 11-month, 29-day sentence. He must also make restitution to the victim and perform 24 hours public service work.
His charges were brought after the victim reported her EBT card had been used without her permission. EBT is a government-issued card containing welfare money.
The victim said her records showed a $136 purchase at Save-A-Lot and one for $2 at Dollar General.
During an investigation, McMinnville Police Sgt. Ben Cantrell said he dug through the surveillance video at the grocery store.
“Mr. Walls was the individual who made the purchase,” Cantrell said after viewing the footage.
In addition to being the person who used the victim’s card without permission, Cantrell said it was Walls who convinced the victim to go to police and report that her card had been illegally accessed. He apparently did not realize his image had been caught using the government welfare card at the grocery store.
“He told me it was his idea to make the police report,” Cantrell said of Walls’ confession, noting he even drove the victim to the police department to file the report despite knowing he was the one who had used the card without permission or her knowledge.