IM-122 07/02/01 TRAFFICKING FOOD STAMP CLAIMS
|TRAFFICKING FOOD STAMP CLAIMS|
|Effective immediately, food stamp claims
are written and entered into the Claims Accounting and Restitution System
(CARS) when an individual is found guilty of trafficking. Trafficking
is defined as the buying or selling of food stamp benefits for cash or
items other than eligible food. Trafficking includes exchanging food
stamp benefits for firearms, ammunition, explosives, or controlled substances.
Trafficking food stamp claims cannot be entered into CARS until a determination of trafficking has occurred. In most instances, the trafficking food stamp claim will be referred to county office staff by the Welfare Investigation Unit (WIU). WIU investigates reports of possible trafficking and pursues an Intentional Program Violation disqualification against the individual. WIU will provide county staff with the amount of the trafficking food stamp claim.
If county staff become aware of a possible trafficking offense, take the following action.
A special demand letter, CARS-3 Trafficking demand letter, will automatically be sent the day after the food stamp claim is entered into CARS. The demand letter will include the amount of the claim and the name of the person(s) who committed the violation. A copy of this computer-generated letter is provided. File a copy of the letter in the Forms Manual.