Guam – The Guam Department of Public Health and Social Services [DPHSS] reports that 3 food stamp clients have been disqualified from the SNAP program because they “intentionally violated the rules.”
According to the report from DPHSS Director James Gillan all 3 were dropped from the program because they failed to report the loss of household members.
Two of the disqualifications are for 12 months, for a first violation. The third disqualification is for 2 years because it is a second violation.
All 3 have been ordered to pay restitution of $11,254.
READ the release from DPHSS below:
Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program and Public Assistance Disqualification for the 2nd Quarter Fiscal Year 2013
The Director of the Department of Public Health and Social Services, Mr. James W. Gillan, releases the statistics for the Second Quarter of Fiscal Year 2013 (January 2013 to March 2013) relative to the number of clients who were disqualified from participating in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP formerly known as Food Stamp Program) and Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) Program.
These clients were found to have intentionally violated rules under the SNAP and TANF Programs.
All three (3) disqualifications were as a result of failing to report the loss of household members. Two (2) disqualifications were for 12 months for a first violation. One (1) disqualification was for a two year period as a result of a second violation.
Individuals who were found to have committed Intentional Program Violation (IPV) through Administrative Disqualification Hearing (ADH) shall be ineligible to participate in the program for:
12 MONTHS for the 1ST VIOLATION
24 MONTHS for the 2ND VIOLATION
PERMANENT DISQUALIFICATION for the 3RD VIOLATION
Under the Simplified Reporting on SNAP, households are required to report only when the income exceeds 130% of the federal poverty level. This change must be reported by the 10th of the month following the month the change occurred. To comply with TANF Program requirements, any change in employment, household members moving in or out, or change of address requires that the household report to the department within 10
days from the date the change becomes known to the household.
Should you have any questions, please contact Mr. Francis L.G. Damian, Program Coordinator IV, Investigation and Recoupment Office at the Bureau of Management Support at 735-7379/7344.
JAMES W. GILLAN