Guam – The Department of Public Health has announced that 9people have been disqualified from the food stamp program known as SNAP in the first quarter of Fiscal Year 2014.
A release from Public Health Director James Gillan states that the 9 clients “were found to have intentionally violated rules under the SNAP and TANF Programs.”
The 9 are required to pay back $14,409.68 in restitution.
* 2 were disqualified as a result of failing to report the loss of household members
* 4 were disqualified for failing to report employment timely
* 2 clients were penalized for paying for credited items with the EBT card
* 1 client was disqualified for exchanging benefits for cash
Eight of the disqualifications were for 12 months for a first violation. The ninth person has been permanently disqualified.
READ the release from DPHSS below:
Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program and Public Assistance Disqualification for the 1st Quarter Fiscal Year 2014
The Director of the Department of Public Health and Social Services, Mr. James W. Gillan, releases the statistics for the First Quarter of Fiscal Year 2014 (October 2013 to December 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.
Of the nine (9) disqualifications, two (2) were as a result of failing to report the loss of household members. Four (4) were disqualified for failing to report employment timely. Two (2) clients were penalized for paying for credited items with the EBT card and one (1) client was disqualified for exchanging benefits for cash, these three (3) cases are considered trafficking. Eight (8) of the disqualifications were for 12 months for a first violation. One (1) was permanently disqualified as a first offense.
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
PERMANENT DISQUALIFICATION for TRAFFICKING over $500.00
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.