The most common type of recipient food stamp fraud is when you provide false or inaccurate information so that you and your household can obtain you can obtain Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits. A food stamp fraud investigation, can not only put your benefits at risk but you can also face a New York State criminal prosecution and a Federal Welfare Fraud prosecution.
In recent years, New York has taken an aggressive stance on food stamp fraud and have been setting up recipients and merchants on a regular basis.
The New York State Office of Temporary and Disability Insurance operates a toll free tip line and extensive online presence for individuals to report food stamp fraud.
In New York, we have seen instances of bodegas and groceries conspiring with a food stamp fraud recipient to exchange a small amount of money for the benefits in lieu of food. We have seen restaurants and bars accept food stamps when they are precluded from participating in the program.
A retail store owner that is charged with food stamp fraud can be disqualified from participating in the program by the United States Department of Agriculture and prohibited from accepting food stamps in their store.
If you are the target of a medicaid fraud investigation, call our office 24/7 for a free consultation. We have offices in Brooklyn, Manhattan and Queens.