Fraud/Intentional Program Violation
If any information you give is found to be incorrect, you may be denied benefits and/or be subject to criminal prosecution for knowingly providing false information.
You must repay any benefits you got because you gave false information.
If a FoodShare claim is filed against your household, the information on your application, including all Social Security Numbers, may be referred to federal and state agencies, as well as private claims and collection agencies, for claims collection action.
Fraud or intentional program violations by anyone in your household may result in disqualification from FoodShare for:
One year after the first violation.
Two years after the second violation.
Permanently for the third violation.
Depending upon the value of misused benefits, the individual can also be fined up to $250,000
and imprisoned up to 20 years. A court can also bar an individual from the program for an additional 18 months. You will also be permanently barred if you are convicted of trafficking benefits of $500 or more.
You will not be able to get benefits for 10 years if you are found to have made a false statement about your identity and where you live in order to receive multiple benefits at the same time.
Fleeing felons and probation or parole violators cannot get FoodShare benefits. The individual may also be subject to further prosecution under other applicable federal laws.
Individuals who trade (buy or sell) benefits for a controlled substance/illegal drug(s), will be barred from receiving FoodShare benefits for a period of two years for the first offense and permanently for the second offense.
Individuals who trade (buy or sell) benefits for firearms, ammunition or explosives, will be barred from receiving FoodShare benefits permanently.
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September 07, 2012