August 8, 2019

The OIG's Benefits Program Integrity (BPI) unit completed 311 investigations in the third quarter where fraud was found.

BPI referred 36 investigations for prosecution and 275 for an administrative disqualification hearing. Ninety percent of fraud investigations completed involve either unreported income (17 percent) or an issue with the reported household composition (73 percent). For example, BPI resolved a case involving a SNAP client who had continuously renewed SNAP benefits since 2017. The client from Potter County reported herself and six children in the home and, for each instance, failed to report the children’s father in the home and his employment. At the end of the BPI investigation, an overpayment claim was submitted for administrative disqualification. In March, the client signed a waiver of disqualification, was disqualified for 12 months, and ordered to repay $18,820.

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