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3.14.1 Intentional Program Violation (IPV) Disqualification

3.14.1.1 Period of Ineligibility

3.14.1.2 IPV Disqualification for Receipt of SNAP Benefits from Multiple States

3.14.1.3 IPV Disqualification and Transitional FoodShare

 

7 CFR 273.16

An applicant or member commits an Intentional Program Violation (IPV) when he or she intentionally:

 

Trafficking includes the following:

 

 An IPV may be determined by the following means:

 

eDRS: If a worker receives a notification on the FoodShare IPV Sanction Page in the Individual Information – eDRS Details section that an IPV was received in another state, he or she must verify this information as either true or false with the other state or the member.

 

Documentation may be in any form deemed appropriate and legally sufficient. Such documentation may include, but shall not be limited to, electronic or hard copies of court decisions, administrative disqualification hearing determinations, signed disqualification consent agreements or administrative disqualification hearing waivers.

 

You may accept a verbal or written statement from another State agency attesting to the existence of the documentation listed above.

 

You may accept a verbal or written statement from the household affirming the accuracy of the disqualification information if such a statement is properly documented and included in the case record. If the statement from the household contradicts the disqualification data, additional documentation will be required to verify that the individual should not be disqualified.

 

IM workers should document any collateral contacts or other information regarding the IPV disqualification in Case Comments.

3.14.1.1 Period of Ineligibility

The following sanction periods are for IPV's committed after December 1, 1996. Anyone determined to have committed an IPV is ineligible for:

  1.  One year for the first IPV.

  2.  Two years for:

    1. The second IPV or,

    1. The first IPV for which an individual is convicted in a federal, state, or local court to have used or received benefits in a transaction involving the sale of drugs of less than $500.

  3. Permanently for:

    1. A third IPV, or

    2. A first IPV resulting from the conviction of the individual by a federal, state, or local court for having used or received benefits in a transaction involving the sale of firearms, ammunition, or explosives, or

    3. A first IPV resulting from a conviction of an individual in a federal, state, or local court involving trafficking benefits for an aggregate amount of $500 or more, or

    4. A second IPV for which an individual is convicted in a federal, state, or local court to have used or received benefits in a transaction involving the sale of drugs.

 

Once an IPV is imposed, all violations occurring before the first IPV cannot be used to pursue a second IPV. A second IPV can only be pursued if the violation occurred after the first IPV is imposed and a 10 day notice is given.

 

If a second IPV is granted during the sanction period of the first IPV, it must be entered for the disqualification period to begin immediately. There may be instances in which IPVs are running simultaneously; therefore, the sanction time period may not be as long as it would have been had the IPVs been separate. Only a court or administrative law judge can set the start date of an IPV.

 

Only the person determined to have committed an IPV is ineligible. Other members of the FoodShare assistance group may continue to be eligible.

 

The individual must be notified in writing once it is determined that he or she is to be disqualified. If the person who committed the IPV is not the primary person, then the FoodShare Notice of Disqualification, F-16024 must be sent. Begin the disqualification period no later than the second month following the date the individual receives written notice of the disqualification. The disqualification period must continue uninterrupted until completed regardless of the eligibility of the disqualified individual’s food unit.

 

If a court finds an individual guilty of an IPV, the term of the disqualification period and the disqualification begin date must comply with the court order. If the court order does not specify a disqualification period, the disqualification period for the IPV is in accordance with the schedule above. If the court order does not specify the date for the disqualification period to begin, the disqualification period should begin in accordance with the provisions in the paragraph above, but within 45 days of the court decision.

 

For all IPV disqualifications, begin the disqualification period in the first possible payment month regardless of whether the person becomes a non-participant member or remains in the food unit. Do not pend the disqualification period until the disqualified individual reapplies.

 

If a non-participating person with an IPV disqualification does reapply for FoodShare, apply any remaining periods of ineligibility. If the ineligibility period has expired when the person reapplies, he or she may be eligible to receive benefits.

 

Example 1: John is notified of his one-year IPV disqualification in January, effective February 1. He doesn't request FoodShare for the first nine months of his period of ineligibility. If John reapplies for FoodShare in November and is determined otherwise eligible, he will still be ineligible for FoodShare benefits for the three remaining months of his disqualification period. If he waits until February to reapply, the disqualification period will have expired and he may be determined eligible for FoodShare.

 

A pending administrative disqualification hearing or prosecution does not affect the person's eligibility. Do not take any adverse action in the matter before the case is resolved. Continue to act on other changes in income and circumstances.

 

Do not impose a disqualification period retroactively on an individual who has committed an IPV, but who had not been disqualified timely. Disqualify a food unit member only to the extent that the disqualification period has not elapsed.

 

Example 2: An IM worker determines in December that a person should have been disqualified in June for one year based on an administrative disqualification hearing decision. The agency failed to enter the IPV in CWW timely. Therefore, the IM worker should now disqualify the person for only the remaining five months.

 

All IPV's determined for an individual prior to April 3, 1983 shall be counted as one IPV for determining a current disqualification period.

3.14.1.2 IPV Disqualification for Receipt of SNAP Benefits from Multiple States

A person who makes a false or misleading statement, or misrepresents, conceals or withholds facts with respect to their identity or place of residence in order to simultaneously receive Wisconsin FoodShare benefits and SNAP benefits from any other state shall be ineligible for a period of 10 years.

 

Before imposing the 10-year disqualification period:

 

The administrative disqualification hearing process, including the offer to sign the Waiver of Administrative Disqualification Hearing (F-16039), may be used for imposing this penalty.

3.14.1.3 IPV Disqualification and Transitional FoodShare

When an individual is found by a court or administrative judge to have committed an IPV, that person is ineligible to participate in Transitional FoodShare (TFS). The exception is when that person is part of an already open TFS group. Once the TFS group is open and established, the only reason an individual will be removed is when that individual begins participating in another FoodShare assistance group or when the TFS group moves out of Wisconsin.

 

When an IPV is found to be valid by a court or administrative judge prior to TFS beginning, the IPV should be entered and the individual will be excluded from the TFS assistance group at the TFS eligibility determination.

 

When TFS has already started, workers should continue following the instructions in the court order or fair hearing decision to begin the IPV disqualification period in the month directed by the court or administrative law judge. Even though the TFS amount will not decrease, the IPV will be enforced at the point that the TFS certification period ends and the food unit completes a new application or recertification for FoodShare eligibility.

 

 

This page last updated in Release Number: 20-03

Release Date: 11/23/2020

Effective Date: 10/24/2020