Consequences of SNAP Disqualification Lawyers - Federal Lawyers
SNAP provides financial assistance to people with low income. SNAP officials actively look for retailers who try to commit fraud. People who are accused of fraud will lose their SNAP benefits. You will want to speak to an attorney in order to best understand the effects of SNAP disqualification
SNAP Disqualifications for individuals
If you receive SNAP benefits, you must meet eligibility requirements. It means meeting an income requirement which is at, or below, 130% of the federal poverty level. Additional requirement is that people within the ages fo 16 and 59 have to seek, or maintain work. If you’re able-bodied without dependents, you can only get 3 months of benefits, within a 3 year period. If you don’t comply, you automatically get disqualified for 3-12 months. Recipients who no longer qualify for benefits, or break the program rules, are disqualified and don’t receive benefits for a certain period of time. This can vary from 1 year, to permanent suspension. You may also face penalties, that include reimbursing the system for money fraudulently obtained.
Types of Disqualifications
IPV – intentional program violation, occurs when a snap recipient commits fraud and deception. The first offense penalty lasts 1 year. The second offense penalty is for two years. The third offense penalty is forever. Falsifying ones identity, or statement, to apply for multiple benefits will result in a 10 year disqualification.
Retail Stores Banned
Retail stores are prime candidates for being disqualified. Retailers are not allowed to bend the rules. If a violation is proven, the store is disqualified for SNAP and loses all of the potential income from it. SNAP can also file a lawsuit and require the retailer to repay the money. Bottom line, if you are facing a SNAP violation – speak to the Spodek Law Group.
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