National SNAP Violation Lawyers
As someone who accepts EBT as a payment method at your place of business, you may receive a SNAP violation letter. The agency in charge of the program is the from the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA). The letter can include alleged violations with hundreds or thousands of fraudulent transactions that they believe go against the rules for accepting EBT benefits.
If you receive a letter from the USDA alleging that you have committed EBT fraud, you should consult with a National SNAP Violation Lawyer as soon as possible for a consultation the individual circumstances of your case. You only have ten days to respond to a SNAP violation letter. Ignoring the letter can result in your ability to accept SNAP or EBT from customers for food purchases being revoked. An experienced National SNAP Violation Lawyer can help you navigate through the process and address the charges appropriately. If you’re facing charges, it helps to understand precisely how the program operates.
The basics of SNAP Violations and how they apply to the Code of Federal Regulations
Each state is responsible for maintaining their SNAP program, but it’s operated on a federal level through the U.S. government. The benefits from the food stamp and SNAP program are distributed according to the Code of Federal Regulations Section 278 and the United States Code Chapter 51, with the USDA and Food & Nutrition Service (FNS) responsible for regulating and running the program.
Under the Code of Federal Regulations, Chapter 51 Part 278, the government has the power to disqualify any business permanently from accepting EBT transactions, which could hurt your revenue if many of your customers use SNAP benefits for food purchases. Smaller retailers such as convenience store and gas station owners face a high risk of getting their privileges revoked as the USDA toughens up its investigations to find SNAP violations.
Active investigation and compliance by the FNS
More than 100 analysts and investigators from the Food and Nutrition Service work solely to ensure that retailers comply with SNAP requirements. They carry out undercover investigations and examine retailer data to look for red flags. They can impose fines and disqualify retailers who violate the requirements to participate. FNS works with law enforcement to carry out stings to find retailers who violate the law.
A single SNAP violation can cause you to lose your ability to accept EBT/SNAP cards for life. Our attorneys can assist you with your free national SNAP consultation to get ahead of the case.
Potential SNAP violations
If you receive a letter alleging that you trafficked food stamps, it means that there is reason to believe or evidence that you’ve fraudulently accepted or stolen EBT benefits under one of the following conditions:
• Accepting benefits for non-food items such as alcohol and tobacco
• Falsifying information on the EBT application
• SNAP redemptions are higher than the number of food sales during the period under scrutiny
• Employees accept SNAP benefits from someone not authorized to use them
• The store offers store credit in exchange for SNAP benefits
• A store has been disqualified from participating in the Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) program. The USDA may also decide to disqualify the business from SNAP too depending on the circumstances.
Avoiding SNAP violations
SNAP violations can occur if you aren’t completely sure how the program operates and the rules that regulate it. Do not go against the rules and sell items that are not permitted, such as hot and prepared food or non-food items. File your paperwork promptly and respond to any correspondence you receive.
If you’re suspected of SNAP fraud, work with a lawyer experienced in SNAP violation cases to help get the case settled. Cooperate with authorities and have an experienced attorney by your side to fight the charges, get a reduced fine, avoid jail time, and prevent getting disqualified from the SNAP/EBT program.
Spodek Law Group is located in Queens, Manhattan, and Brooklyn and operates in NY handling cases all over the country. We can help with appeals, compliance, and potential defenses if you’re facing charges related to a SNAP violation. Call us for a free consultation today at 1-888-981-9127.